Today’s Parenting Tip:
DECIDE: You can make a good decision about when your child is old enough.
PRACTICE: Today, think about a privilege you have been considering allowing your child to do on his own.
Ask yourself these questions.
- Is my child around the age that many children do this? Don’t base your answer on what older children in your family did or what you did as a child. Talk to other parents you trust who have dealt with this decision over the last ten years.
- How does your child handle his emotions? Does he lose his ability to think when he is mad, scared, or very happy and excited?
- Think about your child’s decisions recently. Is he following house rules, telling the truth, thinking for himself instead of doing what friends say?
- Does your child have the skills needed for this privilege? Does he know the safety rules? Is he able to phone you? Can he operate needed equipment (keys, bike, etc.)?
Based on your answers, decide whether your child is ready.
If so, start allowing it a few times and then review how things are going.
If not, be clear with yourself and him what you need to see from him before you can say yes. Promise yourself and him you will review his progress again soon.
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?