Today’s Parenting Tip:
DECIDE: What it means to be responsible to 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 to your children.
Think about what your job is as a parent. Write down what things you can control as a parent.
Can you control what you teach them, how you teach them, and the rules and consequences you use to encourage them to do what is right?
Can you control whether they always do what is expected of them?
Are you being a responsible parent when you give up on your child or ignore their misbehavior?
Can you still be responsible to them even when they mess up – which they will certainly do?
Rate how much you are responsible to your children.
Not enough – I find myself giving up when they misbehave. I don’t know what to do about or am afraid of their angry outbursts.
Somewhat – I let them know I love them and also follow-through on rules and consequences some of the time, but not as often as I need to.
Very much – I work hard at making sure they feel loved and at making sure they know life skills and how to behave. When they don’t respond, I keep on trying and finding new ways to teach 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.