Today’s Parenting Tip:
DECIDE: To balance how you love your child.
PRACTICE: Keep track of what you say to your child today – with words and actions.
How many messages are “I-care-about-you” messages? Theses are ones he deserves just because all people need to be cared about. (“I’m so glad you are home with me today.” “Come get cozy with me.” Make him one of his favorite foods.)
How many messages are “you-did-a-good-thing” messages? (You stayed right with me at the store today.” “Your picture has beautiful bright colors in it.” Go to school to meet his teacher.)
At the end of the day, think about what you learned. Did you give the two kinds of messages in equal doses? If not, give more of the missing kind tomorrow.
Every so often, track again and try to stay as balanced as possible.
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.