Caretaking Is Good. (9-15-14)

Today’s Parenting Tip:

DECIDE:   Taking care of people and animals is good for kids.

PRACTICE:   Today, play house with your child (boy or girl). Your goal will be to “take care” of people and things.

When you are cleaning your pretend house make comments about how that helps the people who live there. When your child is cleaning, ask him why he wants to clean.

When cooking pretend meals, make comments about how much the people will like the food. Talk about healthy food and how you want the people who eat your food to be healthy.

Suggest that your child ask what people want to eat or plan for things he knows they like.

When cuddling a baby doll, talk about how wonderful that feels for both you and the baby. Ask your child how that feels for him and how he thinks the baby must feel.

Today’s Decide and Practice daily parenting tip was inspired by our featured picture book, PICK A PUP.  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 Kids and Pets: More about Responsibility, Love, Independence, and Loss.

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