Saturday, January 10, 2015
Give your child the reason for the rule
Children need and want limits. But don’t demand blind obedience. Once children are old enough to reason, they should be encouraged to do so. Understanding why they should or should not do things helps them make good decisions when parents aren’t around. Avoid saying things like, “Because I said so!” “The law is the law” or “Just do it and don’t ask questions.”
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Don’t let screens sideline learning
The problem with too much television is that it keeps children from doing other things. The more hours kids spend in front of the tube, the fewer hours they have to read, study, move, pretend or just think. Children learn by doing. And TV keeps them from doing the things that are important for their development. If you haven’t set limits on TV, make 2015 the year you begin.