Needs Vs. Wants (10-15-14)

Today’s Parenting Tip:

Decide:        You can know the difference between what you need and what you want.

Practice:      Today, think about the difference between your needs and your wants.

On one side of a piece of paper list needs.  On the other side list wants.

Think carefully about the things listed as needs. Ask yourself why you need each thing. Be honest with yourself.

Needs are things that are necessary for a safe and healthy life. Wants are things that add pleasure and interest to life.

If the needs items don’t measure up when you think about it, move them to wants.

Today’s Parenting Tip was inspired by our featured picture book, CLEVER JACK TAKES THE CAKE.  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 Birthday Parties, Part 1.

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