Today’s Parenting Tip:
DECIDE: The Parenting Highway can help you be the disciplining parent you want to be.
PRACTICE: Which discipline lane in the parenting road gives you the most trouble?
- Are you too rigid about rules, not updating them for today’s world or for your child as he grows up?
- Do you criticize your child rather than teaching him what you want him to be and do?
- For young children, do you set rules that you know are right for their ages and abilities?
- For older children, do you talk to them about rules and consequences before you decide what rule would be best?
- Do you stick to your rules and have consequences for not following rules?
- Does “anything go” at your house – are there too few clear rules or consequences?
Today, whichever lane is hardest for you, think of one way you could do better. For example, if you often find yourself giving in, looking the other way, or making excuses for your child when he breaks rules, make a plan to follow through.
You might put a reminder on the fridge for yourself. Something like “Rules and consequences are good for kids.” You might ask someone else in the house to pay attention to whether you are enforcing consequences and let you know how you are doing over the next few weeks.
Tell your kids you want to get better at this, so they are prepared for more consequences. This also is a lesson for them that people can be what they want to be by making a special effort.
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 3.