Teaching What Is Enough (10-17-14)

Today’s Parenting Tip:

Decide:      You can teach your child what is “enough.”

Practice:    When you offer your child food today, ask him to check in with his tummy and tell you how much or how many he “needs.”

Don’t ask how much or how many he “wants;” that’s a different matter all together.

Give him just what he says he needs – no more and no less.  If he returns wanting more, ask how much more he “needs.”

Let him push this to his limit – that is how he will learn what is enough. He needs to know enough will be there for him.

However, if you think at some point that giving him more will be unhealthy for him, you can stop and say, “I don’t want you to be sick; you have had “enough” for now.”

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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