It’s Time for Summer Rules. (5-31-14)

Today’s Parenting Tip:

DECIDE:    You can help your family adjust to new summer time schedules.

PRACTICE:    Make a summer “rules” chart with your child. If the child is very young, use pictures.

    • Make one rule be about chores. Chores are important for children. They help them see their part in the family and understand that they are not the center of the universe in the family.
    • Make one rule be about playtime and sharing (Kids and Sharing and Kids and Sharing, part 2) For example, if there are toys that cannot be shared, they must be stored in a private play area where invited guests do not play.

For the next several days, stay with the children at playtime and enforce the rules chart.

When there is a problem take the children to the chart and remind them of the rule that helps with the problem. You may need to do this several times while children get used to the rules.

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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