Have You Broken a Rule Lately? (4-11-14)

Today’s Parenting Tip:

DECIDE:   Consequences are good for all people.

PRACTICE:   Think about the last time you had to pay a consequence for breaking a rule.

Did you pay a penalty for being late with a bill? Did you miss an event because you didn’t register ahead of time? Did you get corrected for something at work?

Did you resent paying the consequence or did you feel some relief that you were mature enough to accept the consequence? Do you think the consequence will help you avoid the problem the next time?

If you find you are resentful and figuring ways to not get caught again. Ask yourself why that is? Ask yourself if that is how you want your children to approach rules and consequences?

If you find you can see some benefits to having paid the consequences, be sure to share that with your child.

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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