Wednesday, March 9, 2016
4 Signs You Are Encouraging Your Kids
Are you encouraging your kids? When you give words of encouragement, you should see some evidence of that. Have you seen the signs?
When you have encouraged your children, you may see your children encouraging others as well. This shows you that they really have listened to you. You are encouraging your kids when you do a few of the following:
I have mentioned this several times before that words are very important to encouraging others. Just one word at the right time may do wonders for children. Problems have always existed in the world. Some of the types of problems such as online bullying, online predators, and trafficking are increasing problems children are dealing with today.
In the article " 5 Phrases That Will Uplift Your Child," I talk about 5 phrases that uplift your child. Some of my favorite words and phrases to encourage kids are awesome, great job, good catch, thank you, you are so good at that, and I am so proud of you.
In the article "Blue Eyed-Brown-Eyed Review,"l I talk about an experiment that was done showing how people show prejudice against others. Well your kids are faced with prejudices and negativity in school. Words of encouragement and your home should be a safe haven for your children. They should know that you will lift them up and they need to believe it. They should not only receive your words of encouragement, but they should believe it. I recall telling my child she was beautiful and her reply to me was, “You have to say that because you are my mother.” I needed to reaffirm to her that I did not have to say that and that there were so many good qualities in her that she needed to know about. There are many good qualities in all of our children. We just need to see them.
The reason that listening is so important, is because your kids may have some great ideas. It is important to encourage them with their ideas even though you may not see it or even if their idea does not come to fruition as everyone planned. They should be encouraged for trying. They should be encouraged for their creativity.
Whatever your kids natural abilities are, you definitely should encourage them in that area. I encourage my grandsons for their ability to solve problems on the computer. God gives that to them and because their father is awesome with computers I see that inclination in them. Your kids may be good with computers, writing, giving instructions, and or teaching. Find out what they are good at and encourage them.
Are you always rushing to solve your children's problems? Why not encourage them to think about possible solutions? Both you and your child may want to discuss them. When they discover a good solution, let them know how proud you are of them. I recall a Principal addressing elementary students. Something she said stayed in mind. She told the students, “Employers are looking for problem-solvers.” I thought about it. That is so true. They want someone to solve their problems. Are you children good at problem-solving? Even if they are not good at it encourage them for attempting to find a solution. Encouragement is so vital.
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