Who Knows Your Responsibilities? (9-16-14)

Today’s Parenting Tip:

DECIDE:   Responsibility should be both seen and heard.

PRACTICE:   Today, make a list of “invisible responsibilities” in your household. Invisible responsibilities are ones that adults do that children are not aware of or paying attention to.

If you are not sure what might be “invisible,” ask your children some questions:

  • Who washes your clothes? How often?
  • Who cooks dinner?
  • Who cleans the bathroom? How often?
  • What are the things that Mom and Dad do to take care of our pet?
  • What are the things that Mom and Dad do to make sure we have a house to live in?

Also ask yourself, how often your children thank you for meeting these responsibilities? This could be a sign that even if they know you are meeting them, they are acting like they are “invisible.”

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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