The Weather Is bad, Not Your Child

by Amy Hilbrich Davis

in Daily Insights,Parenting,Personal Wellness

Don’t confuse your child’s behaviors with their identity. “Bad” and “good” are words best used to describe your day or the weather. “You are a bad boy!” or “You are such a good girl.” are phrases that label, demean, and even favor. Work to eliminate bad or good from your vocabulary when you describe your kids. Stick with words that describe their unacceptable actions, like unsafe, hurtful, unkind, impatient, or disrespectful. Turn to words that praise their acceptable actions like, cooperative, patient, kind, helpful, loving, or giving. Your words can shame or encourage. They are powerful.

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