Today’s Parenting Tip:
DECIDE: You can know what your child is ready for.
PRACTICE: Today, think about the age and maturity of your child.
How much freedom do you give him? The right amount for his age? Does he handle it well or get himself in trouble too often?
Does he do regular chores? Is he responsible about doing them? Does he do them well enough to meet your expectations?
Does he control the family by making decisions like where to go to eat, what to watch on TV and where to go on vacation?
Do you expect him to learn the life skills that most kids his age are learning?
If your answers show that your child is mature enough for the things he is allowed and expected to do, celebrate and use this information to decide what privileges your child is old enough for as he continues to grow up.
If your answers show that your child is not very mature yet, think about whether his privileges and responsibilities are right for the maturity he has.
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?