Children Test How to Get Along with Others (6-6-14)

Today’s Parenting Tip:

DECIDE:    Learning to get along and still be your own person isn’t always pretty.    

PRACTICE:    Today, think about the last time your child was being whimpy, bossy, tricky, or sneaky.

Assume this was her way of testing how to have friends and still be her own person. Assume she needed to see how people would respond to her.

Make a list of how you could react when she is doing these things – knowing that the end result you are looking for is a child who is  able to get along with others while still being her own person.

Think of all the ways you can let her know that being whimpy, bossy, tricky, or sneaky won’t work.

Pick one of your ideas to try the next time your child is testing out how people will react to her when she is whimpy, bossy, tricky, or sneaky.

Celebrate that your child is figuring out the best way to be.

Today’s Decide and Practice daily parenting tip was inspired by our featured picture book, GEORGE UPSIDE DOWN.  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 Meet Kids Where They Are.

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