Today’s Parenting Tip:
DECIDE: Playtime rules can help children learn how to think and act toward others.
PRACTICE: Make a playtime “rules” chart with your child. If the child is very young, use pictures.
- Make one rule be about taking turns. For example, If more than one child wants to play with the same toy, an adult can keep a list of those that want the toy and use a timer to make sure those on the list get a turn.
- Make one rule be about toys that are not for sharing (something a child brings to your house that he doesn’t want to share or your child’s comfort, extra special, or brand new toy that he can’t bear to share, but needs it near him). One possible rule for that situation: That toy must stay with an adult and the child can have it only while he is sitting next to the adult.
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, 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.
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Read the whole story at Preschoolers – Who Are They? Part 2.