Today’s Parenting Tip:
DECIDE: Imagination is a useful tool.
PRACTICE: Today, do an art project with a young child.
Ask the child a “What If” question about something the child is not allowed to do yet. For example, “What if you could go to school every day like big sister? Or, “What if, you could fix your own snacks when you were hungry?” Have fun drawing all the different answers he can imagine.
You could have him ask you a “What If” question too, and you could draw your answers.
When you are both done, have fun talking about your pictures.
If the child is too young to do much explaining, you can tell him what you see in his picture. Remember, this is a time for you to understand his imagination, not for you to tell him where he is right or wrong about the situation.
Appreciate whatever he draws, and remember they are just thoughts, not real actions.
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.
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