Letting Children Be Heard (8-15-14)

Today’s Parenting Tip:

DECIDE:   Children can be heard and not just seen.

PRACTICE:       Today, make sure your child is with you when you are having an adult conversation – even if it is just a two-person conversation. Plan how you will help your child feel included.

For example:

*  Take short breaks from the adult conversation every so often to talk to your child.

*  Talk to your child ahead of time and let him know that this is an adult conversation and that he is expected to either play on his own or be a listener. Also let him know about how long you will be having this conversation.

*  Give your child a silent signal for when he needs to talk to you – like a tap on the arm.

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 2.

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