Sticking Up for Yourself (5-9-14)

Today’s Parenting Tip:

DECIDE:  To stick up for yourself.

PRACTICE:  Today, if you think you are being put-down, unfairly criticized, or bullied, stick up for yourself.

    1. Honestly analyze whether you are responsible for any part of the situation. If you are, accept responsibility for that and find a way to make-up for any harm done to others.
    2. Speak up to defend yourself regarding any parts of the situation that you honestly are not responsible for. (“I have heard that you are saying that I lied about the report. When can we talk so I can explain the true story?”)
    3. After you have offered the true facts, directly ask the person you’re having trouble with to stop what he is doing. For example, “Will you stop telling people I have lied?”

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.