Learning to DO Things (1-25-15)

Today’s Parenting Tip:

DECIDE: To organize toys so your child can learn to clean them up.

PRACTICE: Together with your child, make sure you have a safe, reachable place for your child’s toys.

Use shelves, bins, baskets, boxes that can be marked for certain types of toys (stuffed animals, dress ups, cars, blocks, small stuff, etc.)

Use signs and bright colors to mark the containers. Your child can help with that.

Make a rule about cleaning up the toys. Will your child do it by himself or will you both work on this together each day? When will clean up happen? Remember that it will be easier for the child to clean up several smaller messes through the day than one big one at the end of the day – especially for younger children.

Be sure to tell your child what a “good job” looks like. (Everything off the floor? Everything in the right container? Both the play area and his bedroom?)

Remember to make all your arrangements, rules, and expectations based on your child’s age and abilities. Make sure he can be successful.

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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