Keep It Real. (5-17-14)

May 17, 2014:

DECIDE:   To plan ahead for a holiday celebration this month without overdoing it.

PRACTICE:   Plan a special activity for an upcoming holiday – a trip to the community pool, a family picnic, attending a parade – something that will happen yet this month.

Think about how you want to prepare your child for the event. You may want to involve your child today in the original planning, but once the plan is made, decide when you want to start talking about it again.

Avoid talking about it all month long, but at some point remind him of the plan and talk about all the fun you can have.

For some children, the night before is soon enough, so they don’t get over-excited with days of talk ahead of time. Other children can handle several days of talk providing you keep it real.

Make sure you don’t talk about it as though it is going to be the all-perfect day. It’s more important that children learn that the event doesn’t have to be prefect for you all to still have fun.

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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