Today’s Parenting Tip:
DECIDE: What it means to be responsible for your children.
PRACTICE: Today, think about this statement: “You are responsible to your children not for them.”
Ask yourself what that statement means to you – especially what it means to be responsible for your children.
Think about a time your child’s behavior embarrassed you. Write down some of the reasons you were embarrassed.
Did you think others would judge you as a bad parent? Did you think you were a failure because you thought you had taught your child to never make the mistake that she made? Did you think you should and could control what your child did or did not do?
Rate how much you take on the responsibility for your children.
A little – once in a while I find myself feeling embarrassed, judged, or a failure.
Somewhat – I find myself feeling embarrassed, judged, or a failure more than I want to or think I should.
Not much – I mostly concentrate on loving and teaching my children. Even if they don’t respond every time, I keep on trying. This is how I am responsible to them.
Today’s Decide and Practice daily parenting tip was inspired by our featured picture book, THAT MAKES ME MAD!. 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 What You Need to Know about an Angry Child, Part 1.