Did You Have “Anything Goes” As a Child? (4-9-14)


Today’s Parenting Tip:

DECIDE:   “Anything goes” is not good for kids.

PRACTICE:   Think about whether you experienced “anything goes” as a child.

Did you have chores you were expected to do?  Were rules enforced in your household?  Were you often saved from feeling frustrated, disappointed or paying consequences for mistakes?  Were you excused even when you were at fault?

If you think this was your experience, know that parents who take this approach do so out of love, often not realizing how important it is to balance their love with strong expectations.

Knowing they did the best they could with what they knew and understood, you can decide to take a different approach with your children without disrespecting them.

If you decide you did not experience “anything goes,” celebrate that you had balanced love in your life. You can decide you want to take that approach with your children too.

Today’s Decide and Practice daily parenting tip was inspired by our featured picture book, MORRIS THE ARTIST.  Read the book to a child in your life each day as a reminder of what you are deciding and practicing that day.

Come back each day for another good parenting decision and how to practice it. (Each day’s activity will also be posted on the Daily Parenting Tips page for easy access.)

Read the whole story at The Benefits of Art, Choices, and Discipline: Part III. 

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