Encouragement is a powerful parenting tool.It lets your child know that you are FOR them. That you want the very best for them and that you notice when they do the right thing or make the right choice. Encouragement can also be used when you child has had a not-so-good day, too. It can remind them that you love them no matter what and that tomorrow is another day, another opportunity to shine.
Dictionary.com defines encouraging like this:
1. To inspire with courage, spirit or confidence
2. To stimulate by assistance, approval, etc.
As a mom, many of the words we say to our kids have a negative tone:
Don't touch that.
Put that down.
You can't play with that in the house.
Stop teasing your sister.
Many times we don't even realize how many negative words we use in a day. It's important to pay attention to the words we use and to make sure we have plenty of positive interactions with our children as well.
Use encouraging words like:
You were kind to share that toy with your brother.
I'm proud of you.
You make mommy smile.
I love it when you use your words.
Look at the way you cleaned up those toys. You're a big helper.
Keep up the good work!
This week, try to pay attention to the words you use and challenge yourself to say five positive things for every negative thing you say to your child. You will notice a difference in your attitude and theirs as well!
Till next time,