Why You Say No (5-30-14)

Today’s Parenting Tip:

DECIDE:    To know why you say no to your child.

PRACTICE:    Today, think about the last time your child asked to be able to do something on her own and you said no.

Ask yourself why you said no. Were you too busy to think about it? Were you scared when you thought about your child doing that on her own?

Was your child younger than an older child was when he did this – or older than you were when you were allowed to do that? Had your child shown you in some way she wasn’t ready yet?

If you decide you said no for good reasons, celebrate that you were being smart about it.

If you decide you should have thought more about it, take that opportunity now.

If you decide she is ready, talk to her about trying it for awhile to see if she is really ready.

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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