Don’t be late. Don’t run in the house! Don’t tease your sister. DON’T RUN IN THE HOUSE!
If you were to keep track, how many times a day you find yourself uttering the dreaded four-letter word of childhood: DON'T?
A simple change in the language, can make a BIG difference in communication with your child.
Let’s start by understanding 3 reasons why “don’t” often doesn’t work:
It wouldn’t take long to feel downright crummy about yourself, and our kids are no exception. It goes without saying that we want our kids to have a positive self-image, and we need to make sure our language reflects that.
Our children are again hardwired the same way. Our well intentioned “don’t bother your brother while he’s studying” instead inspires our kids to keep their sibling from completing his homework.
It will take some work but make it your mission to limit the “DON’T” in your household. You’ll be surprised at how much the shift will change the dynamics in your home!