Today’s Parenting Tip:
DECIDE: To let your child do things for himself.
PRACTICE: Today, think about how much you do for your child and whether it is the right amount for her age and maturity.
Consider the amount of attention you give her and how involved you are in everything she does.
Do you do things for her that she should do on her own? Do you often save her from being distressed or frustrated?
Do you give her what you think she needs even before she asks? Are you trying too hard to make her love you?
(These signs of doing too much for children are taken from HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH? Jean Illsley Clarke, Connie Dawson and David Bredehofts.)
If you decide that you do too much for her, remember you are doing it out of love, but also remember that you can balance that love. You can do what your child truly needs but not more than she needs.
Make the adjustments you think you should and balance your love.
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 2.