Today’s Parenting Tip:
DECIDE: To assure your child you will not let her hurt things or people when she is frustrated.
PRACTICE: Today, make a “fuss box” for your child.
You can use a large cardboard box open on the top and open on one whole side.
Put the box in an open but out-of-the-way place in the house. Add some pillows that your child can punch.
Show her how to use a fuss box. Stand in it yourself and complain loudly about something and punch pillows.
When you are done, say you feel better and are glad you didn’t hurt anyone or anything while you were frustrated.
When you see your child acting out his frustration by hurting people or throwing/breaking toys, tell him to go use his fuss box for a few minutes.
(Thanks to author Jean Illsley Clarke for the fuss box idea.)
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.