Day #307 – Set an Example of What You’d Like them to Say

Sometimes I’ll ask my kids to do something, and I see a look of defiance creeping up. Rather than let it get there, I will try and circumvent it by saying what I’d love to hear them say. In a cheerful tone you might here me say, “OK, Mommy. I’d love to do that. What else can I do to help?” They often will echo the phrase and their hearts soon follow along. I may even say why in the example. It would look something like, “Yes, Mommy. I know we are in a hurry, and I’d love to make things easier for you by choosing shoes quickly that I can put on by myself.” I praise them as I see them switch gears and be willing to have a helpful spirit.
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