Every Parent Needs a Circle of Help (4-27-14)

Today’s Parenting Tip:

DECIDE:   To increase the size of your circle of help.

PRACTICE:   Today, make two lists. One list is your “in-the-circle” list.

These are people you know care for you and that you already feel comfortable calling upon when you need specific types of help or just need someone to talk to.

The second list is your “add-to-the-circle” list. On this list put some names of new people that you would like to add to your circle of support – because you have great respect for them or because you like them and you think they like you too.

Make a plan to spend more time with one of those persons on your second list. Get to know that person and be open and real with them, so they begin to understand and relate to you.

After awhile, ask yourself whether that person would come to you for help and whether you would be comfortable going to them for help if needed. If so, add that person to your circle of help and celebrate.

Then, update your add list and reach out to another new person. The larger your circle of help, the better care you will be able to offer yourself and your children.

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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