Work with your child to think of three things that Dad says or does that are really good for your child.
- Things that help your child grow up well (for example, when he reminds him of his chores without getting mad)
- Some things that are just a lot of fun for your child (for example, when he runs races around the house with her)
- Share with Dad what you come up with and wish him a Happy Father’s Day. (Making a drawing of the things you have thought of is a fun way to share.)
If your child’s Dad isn’t in his life right now, celebrate a grandpa or a male friend, relative, or neighbor who acts like a dad with your child.
(See Dads Are So Important! for more about activities with Dad.)
Spring’s Picture Books
We have been amazed at how much good parenting information is in children’s picture books – books that we hope you are reading everyday to the children in your lives – your own, your class, those you take care of. For each book, we are noting there is something in it to remind you of how to be the parent you want to be.
A reminder that your child has a star within him, and you can help it shine.
A reminder that you can help your children with sad and frustrated feelings when they can’t have everything they want.
A reminder how important it is for your children to learn to wait.
A reminder about what it means when your child says no and how important your response can be.
A reminder that it is important to help your child handle his or her aggression.
A reminder of how important it is for your child to have your attention.
Read All About It:
BECAUSE I’M YOUR DAD, Ahmet Zappa
GROWING UP AGAIN: PARENTING OURSELVES, PARENTING OUR CHILDREN, Jean Illsley Clarke and Connie Dawson
SELF-ESTEEM A FAMILY AFFAIR, Jean Illsley Clarke
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