Parenting Children - August 16, 2012

Day 4 – Family Provides Fun & A Moral Compass


•  value of laughter
•  plan special family times
•  make sure the time is clear of any other commitments for every member of the family
•  prevent interruptions from the telephone or other people (unless they are invited with the understanding that it is family time Suggested routine for family times
•  try to make it the same time each week
•  spend at least an hour and a half having fun
•  take turns choosing what activity you do (See worksheet)
•  have it coincide with a meal
•  get each family member in turn to choose their favorite menu
•  when they are old enough, use it as an opportunity to teach them to cook their choice of food
•  make sure conversation and activities are at the level of the children
•  if it is a week night, work out when to fit in homework, music practice, etc. (before or after depending on the age of the children)
•  turn off the TV, or limit it to one program or DVD that you can watch together
•  children learn about good and bad behavior from their family they learn values such as:
•  thinking about others
•  taking responsibility
•  helping around the house

Question:
How can you plan a focused time of play with your child(ren) this week? Spend some time thinking about your moral compass – where does it point? Why?

From Series: "Parenting Children Ages 0-10"

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  • our children crave to be noticed by us and crave our attention
  • special time with each child develops their self-esteem and their ability to relate to others
  • can be difficult for us as parents to recognize this need and to fulfill it
  • the more children we have, the more planning and conscious effort it takes
  • channels of communication are opened through spending one-on-one time with our child(ren)
  • can transform a child’s behavior
  • eye contact:
    • can be used either positively or negatively
    • children learn by modeling – if we do it, they’ll do it
    • easy when they are babies – but don’t give up eye contact as they get older
    • good eye contact goes hand in hand with active listening

Do you have fond memories of 1:1 time with a parent?  What memories can you create with your children one on one?

 

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