Do Your Rules Fit? (7-13-14)

Today’s Parenting Tip:

DECIDE:    Parenting is often about controlling trial and error.   

PRACTICE:   Today, think about the following questions to help you decide if your rules and consequences are a good fit for your child.

Do they fit her age? Are you expecting her to do things that most children her age seem able to do? Are your rules ones that most children her age seem to be able to follow?

Does she stay out of trouble most of the time? Or, is there a lot of “correcting” going on? If so, don’t think so much about her size or age.

Size can matter about some things like whether to expect her to fix her own snacks, if she can’t reach the food. But, maturity can be more important in decisions about rules and consequences.

If you need to, dial things back a little. Try some expectations and rules that are usually for slightly younger children. Then, watch for signs that she is making good decisions about her behavior and give her some new privileges and rules to see what she can handle.

Today’s Decide and Practice daily parenting tip was inspired by our featured picture book, MY VERY BIG LITTLE WORLD.  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 Preschoolers – Who Are They? Part 1.

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