“Good” or “Bad” Describes Milk, Not Kids: Don’t Label Your Children!

by Amy Hilbrich Davis

in Daily Insights,Parenting

Don’t confuse your child’s behaviors with their identity. “Bad” and “good” are words best used to describe milk or your day. “You are a bad boy!” or “You are a good girl!” are phrases that label, shame, and even favor. Decide today to stop labeling your kids. If their behavior is unacceptable, use words that describe their actions, like unsafe, hurtful, unkind, or disrespectful, etc.. When their behaviors are positive, try words like cooperative, patient, kind, helpful, loving, or giving, etc. Your kids will hear your words in their heads for a lifetime. Try to make those memories encouraging!

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