Today’s Parenting Tip:
DECIDE: Messes can be managed.
PRACTICE: Today, if your child makes a mess – spills food, knocks over something, drops toys, breaks something – let him clean up the mess on his own as much as he can.
Depending on the mess, his age, and his abilities, he may be able to do all the clean up or just part of it.
It’s important that he learn that he is able to deal with his mistakes and that he learn to be responsible for his mistakes.
If the mess involves the breaking of a rule, first calmly deal with the clean up and then as a separate matter, deal with the correction.
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.