Developing All a Child’s Interests and Talents ( 5-10-14)

Today’s Parenting Tip:

DECIDE:  To help your child develop all of his interests and talents.

PRACTICE:  Today, make a list of the opportunities your child has had to learn about different skills and occupations.

Look at your list and see if they represent both men and women.  If not, plan to begin introducing your child to some skills that represent mostly men (for example, construction workers) if she is a girl or represent mostly women (for example, hairdressers), if he is a boy.

Think about whether your attitudes about what boys and girls “should” play with are so strong that they are preventing you from offering opportunities to your child. If so, work on your attitudes.

Start today by introducing your son to something like cooking or by going outside and throwing a football around with your daughter.

Today’s Decide and Practice daily parenting tip was inspired by our featured picture book, PHOEBE & DIGGER.  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 Making Children Feel Safe and Important, Part 2.