Today’s Parenting Tip:
DECIDE: Getting into things and making messes are the start of something good – learning to learn.
PRACTICE: Today, think about the last time your child was getting into things (pulling things off shelves or going farther in the neighborhood than he should) or making a mess (playing with his food or turning his room upside down).
Assume this was his way of being an explorer – learning what the world has to offer.
Make a list of how you could react knowing that you want the end result to be that your child wonders about a lot of things and loves to learn.
Think of all the ways you can let him know that learning new things is OK; trial and error is OK; and using his hands, eyes, nose and ears to learn is OK.
Make sure all the ways on your list keep your child safe. Exploring without the help of an adult can be dangerous.
Pick one of your ideas to try the next time your child is getting into things or making messes.
Celebrate that your child is learning to learn.
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.