Have a “Rule Party.” (4-12-14)

Today’s Parenting Tip:

DECIDE:   To become a better rule and consequence maker.

PRACTICE:   Today, arrange to meet with some other parents that you trust to talk over good rules and consequences that make sense.

Have a “rule party” (instead of a “pool party”).

Each person can bring a family rule that is a challenge for them and everyone can give ideas for how to clearly state the expectation in a way to be right for the age of the child in mind.

Then, the group can brainstorm what type of consequence would make sense.

Lastly, you could discuss ways to help yourself stick to the rule and the consequence and not look the other way.

Remember, you are in charge of your family. All the ideas you hear are for you to evaluate and make the final choices about what you think will work for your family. Announce this as one of the party rules at the very beginning.

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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