A New Chore for Your Child (5-28-14)

Today’s Parenting Tip:

DECIDE:     To establish a new chore for your child for the summer. 

PRACTICE:    Select a new chore for your child.

Make sure it is 1) right for her age and maturity and 2) a real help to the family with all the special demands on time and attention during the summer.

PICK UP YOUR SOCKS by Elizabeth Crary can help you know what chores are reasonable for your child’s age.

Break the new chore down into parts.  For example, making your bed = straightening the sheet, straightening the blanket, fluffing the pillow and smoothing out the top cover.

Remember to show the child how the chore needs to be done to meet your expectations.

For young children, have them do just one part for a few days and when it is done well most days, move to the next part.

On any days when the chore is not done well enough, calmly ask that your child do it over.

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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