Today’s Parenting Tip:
DECIDE: To encourage one of your child’s talents or interests.
PRACTICE: Today, if your child is young, play pretend with her using clothes and props that are related to one of her special talents or interests. For example, if she is interested in bugs, try to make a homemade costume that makes her look like a bug.
Then, play with her in ways that a bug might actually act. Is it a stinging bug that people are afraid of? Is it a bug people like to catch? Is it a bug that builds a house? Is it a bug that likes flowers?
Involve your child’s imagination in the clothes, props, and pretend play. “Keep it real” by announcing that you are pretending in the beginning and that you are no longer pretending at the end.
If your child is too old for pretending, try making up a game that involves his special interest or talent. For example, you could make up your own monopoly game where all the properties are baseball properties – like ballparks, trains, planes, or busses going to the parks, sporting goods stores, etc. Use your imagination.
Today’s Parenting Tip was inspired by our featured picture book, IGGY PECK, ARCHITECT. 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 Your Child’s Special Talents, Part 1.