Parenting Partners (4-29-14)

Today’s Parenting Tip:

DECIDE:   To connect with a “parenting partner.”

PRACTICE:   Think of a person you can comfortably talk to about your child – someone whose good thinking and kindness you respect.

Ask that person to become your parenting partner and role play with you about how to communicate with your child.

Have your friend pretend to be you, the parent, while you pretend to be your child.

Have your friend say things to you (as though you were the age of your child) about how much she cares about you and enjoys being with you.

Listen to the message as though you were your child. See what you think and feel when you hear it.  Would it help your child?

If so, remember that good feeling and plan to say things like that to your child.

(Jean Illsley Clarke calls this type of role play “Four Ways of Parenting” in SELF-ESTEEM: A FAMILY AFFAIR.)

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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