Parenting Goal: Give your kids the skills and knowledge needed to become a productive member of society without living with their parents as an adult.
But there are many daily situations where parents perform acts for the kids that we don't even see as a hands-on opportunity to meet the parenting goal of raising productive members of society.
Why is this? There are adult functions and child functions. It's because we think we have a certain parenting chores that society expects us to perform without question.
Look, I have three kids with their own set of challenges and strengths, and some days my parenting goal is just to get them to school with all their clothes on and teeth brushed.
But honestly, there are lots of things that we as adults step in and do for our kids that we never consider our kids can actually do also. Here are seven "adult" things we can start letting our kids do today:
If your child is struggling to get "AR Points", you're not alone. Some kids are natural readers, but if your child has dyslexia or another type of obstacle that makes reading hard, then you've really got to make every AR point count.
First, find out how many AR points your child needs to reach each week, month or every 6 weeks. This will help you monitor their progress.
Here are some tips for helping kiddos get more AR points, and to make every AR point really count:
If you read my son's "About Me" description (Our day consists of "wake up-school-homework-dinner-chores-bed" (specifically in that order), you'll think we live with a very strict and structured schedule that involves nothing else in life.
I wish everything went that boring and smoothly around here!
But really, at the beginning of this school year, I vowed to be better prepared and more organized. I needed desperate help getting my after school act together.
All it took was some color coding and a clock to keep us on track & drill it into the kids' heads how we'll prioritize our after school time. We did it in this particular order, but you can customize the sequence to fit your own family's priorities:
It was the fourth bloody tooth which my son yanked out of his mouth and sat on the dinner table that made my husband declare our children had not achieved the art of table manners.
I was just happy with the "no farting or burping at the dinner table policy", but apparently my husband has higher expectations of the kids than me.