Break Down Chores. (5-15-14)

Today’s Parenting Tip:

DECIDE:   To learn to break chores and privileges into parts.

PRACTICE:    Today, think of a chore or a privilege your child is just about ready to do on his own. Break it down into parts.

For example, making your bed = straightening the sheet, straightening the blanket, fluffing the pillow and smoothing out the top cover.

Being allowed to cross the street = knowing the safety rules, following the rules you set for the child, knowing how to get back home, telling time, and being able to call you if help is needed.

For young children, have them do just one part for a few days and when it is done well most days, move to the next part.

On any days when a chore is not done well, calmly ask that the child do it over. On any days when a privilege is not handled well, remove the privilege and decide what the child needs to do to show you he can handle all the parts.

Today’s Decide and Practice daily parenting tip was inspired by our featured picture book, IF I CROSSED THE ROAD.  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 When Are Kids Old Enough?

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