The busy commuting lifestyle can be brutal for young parents.  It’s hard enough to find time at home, and especially when children are young, it’s hard to get everything done before bedtime, and everyone out the door in the morning again.  This course has great practical help for parents of children up to age ten, along with worksheets and discussion questions to help you process what you’re learning.

If you’re parenting with a partner, ask them to watch or listen to the same content as you, so you can discuss the question when you’re back in one place.

This course is also great in groups – start by checking it out alone, but then invite someone else or a couple to join  you.  When you’ve been meeting in a group for a little while, register your group here.

Parenting Children - August 16, 2012

Day 4 – Family Provides Fun & A Moral Compass

Parenting Children Ages 0-10

•  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

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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