Re-Rate Whether Your Love Fits Your Child. (4-14-14)

Today’s Parenting Tip:

DECIDE:   To improve on loving your child like Goldilocks – not too much, not too little, but just right.

PRACTICE:   Today, observe the different ways you have loved your child over the past week.

Think about the times you hugged, took care of, and just enjoyed him.

Do you hug and kiss the amount of times that are right for his age – also when and where it is a good time for him? Do you decide how and when to take care of him if he is hurt, upset, or sick – even when he is able to take care of himself?

Figure out whether the love you are giving is just right for his age and maturity. Remember that an older child can need “younger” type of care (You decide when, where, and how.), and a young child can be ready for “older” type of care (The child asks for what he needs and does some things for himself.).

Put a number to how much you have been giving love just right during this past week. Do you think it was 50%, 75%, or 30% of the time?

Compare this number to the one you had on April 7. Has it gotten higher? If so, celebrate. If not, plan to make changes and keep working at it.

Repeat this activity in two weeks.

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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