Children Can Make Up for Mistakes (5-2-14)

Today’s Parenting Tip:

DECIDE:   To teach your child that people are good even when they are not perfect.

PRACTICE:    Think about a time when something you did or failed to do hurt another person, and you did something afterwards to make that person feel better. Tell your child a story about that memory.

Make sure the story includes how it felt to hurt that person, what you did to make it up to that person, and what it felt like to make that person feel better.

Tell your child that making it up to the person was important even if what happened wasn’t done on purpose. It still hurt the other person.

Tell your child that when you do something that hurts someone else, you are still a good person. Trying to make the person who was hurt feel better shows that you are a good person.

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 2.

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