Getting Better at Balancing Your Love (1-22-15)

Today’s Parenting Tip:

DECIDE:       You can get better at balancing the ways you love your child.

PRACTICE:   Keep track of what you say to your child today – with words and actions.

How many messages are “I-care-about-you” messages?  Theses are ones she deserves just because all people need to be cared about.  (“I’m so glad you are home with me today.”  “Come get cozy with me.”  Make him one of his favorite foods.)

How many messages are “you-did-a-good-thing” messages?  (You stayed right with me at the store today.”  “Your picture has beautiful bright colors in it.”  Go to school to meet his teacher.)

At the end of the day, think about what you learned. Did you give the two kinds of messages in equal doses?

If this is the second time you have kept track this month, were you more balanced this time? If so, celebrate and keep up the effort.

If not, work on the balance and keep track again in about a week to see how you are doing.

Today’s Parenting Tip was inspired by our featured picture book, THE THINGS I CAN DO.  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 Need to DO Things, Part 1.



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