A New Baby Means Mixed Feelings. (4-21-14)

Today’s Parenting Tip:

DECIDE:   You can help older brothers and sisters deal with their mixed emotions when a new baby arrives. 

PRACTICE:   Today, search the Internet for “feelings faces games.” Either purchase a game you discover, use one available online, or get ideas about how to make a homemade version.

Play a game with the faces that is all about what it feels like to have a new baby in the house.

Each player should pick out four faces that represent how he has felt since the new baby arrived (or thinks he will feel when that time comes). Hold them in a hand like cards.

Each player should take a turn laying down a face in front of him – any face he chooses.  Any other player with the same face should lay his down as well.

Everyone with that face turned up should take a turn answering these questions: “Do you ever feel like this? (Or, do you think you will when the baby arrives?) When do (or will) you feel this way? What can you do when you feel like this?

Start a second round with the next player putting down another face. Do enough rounds that all faces have been put down.

Note how many players picked the same faces, so children learn that others – even adults – feel the same things they do.

Today’s Decide and Practice daily parenting tip was inspired by our featured picture book, PHOEBE & DIGGER.  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 Making Children Feel Safe and Important, Part 1.

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