Every Wednesday I will post a practical wisdom thought or suggestion on marriage, parenting, or life. An absolutely essential goal for every parent or adult is to "Positive Label" a child. And the second significant goal is to NEVER, NEVER, NEVER share a negative label with a child. A child will usually fulfill the positive or negative label that is given and sadly become that “label” as an adult. Hence, when a child is told, "You are shy," often the child will be shy rather than outgoing and confident. When a child is told, "You are lazy," the child will usually be lazy rather than hard-working.
Always remember when giving a child a positive label to be sincere. One way to strengthen and build healthy attributes within a child is to identify one or two weaknesses like "shy" and "lazy." Then, find the positive and catch the child “confidently speaking to someone” or giving a “really good effort” and say, "I appreciate that you were being outgoing" or "I appreciate that you are a hard worker."
Bottom line, whatever label or reputation a child is given, in all likelihood that is what the child will become as an adult. Let’s make all our labels for children positive!
TODAY: Build a child's self-worth and share one or two positive labels with an "I appreciate . . .”
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