Today’s Parenting Tip:
DECIDE: To give your child the right amount of attention when he is hurt.
PRACTICE: Here are questions you can ask your self in order to know what the right amount of attention is when your child is hurt.
- Does the amount and type of attention you give keep him from doing for himself what he is able to? Keep him from growing up? Does the amount and type of attention you give keep him dependent on you beyond what is really necessary?
- Does the amount and type of attention you give (money and time) mean that other people in the family are losing out?
- Is the amount and type of attention you give what your child needs or what you need to do for your own reasons (for example, you wanted more attention when you were a child; you feel guilty that you work a lot; you like the feeling of being needed)?
- Could the amount and type of attention you give hurt another child or be harmful to the environment? (Examples: others can be hurt if you stop meeting responsibilities to others or start blaming others for the injury to your child.
Today’s Parenting Tip was inspired by our featured picture book, BOO HOO BIRD. 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 When a Kid Gets Hurt.