What If? (5-16-14)


Today’s Parenting Tip:

DECIDE:   Preparation can lead to success.

PRACTICE:    Play ”What If” with your child today.

This is a game where you ask your child what he would do in a situation. For example, “What If you forgot your lunch money for school?” It encourages your child to think about what to do when faced with certain situations.

Today, make all the situations be about a privilege you think your child is just about ready for. For example, “What if you received an allowance every week?” or “What if you were allowed to walkdown our sidewalk to your friend’s house?”

By listening to his answers, you can learn about what he likes about the situation, questions he might need answers to, or things he is worried about.

Be sure to follow-up with other questions that will help him be prepared and successful like, “What if Johnny wasn’t home when you went to his house?”

Also, spend some time imagining together the fun parts of the situation – but don’t overdo. Remember, all experiences have good things and not-so-good things about them. No experience is perfect.

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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