My daughters are 14 months a part in age. They are partners in crime and are rarely found playing without one another. They are rambunctious, are often loud, and sometimes choose to listen to directions. Most days they cry big tears, induced by not getting their way or due to a small injury that could have been avoided if only they had listened.
I get headaches, burnout and often feel incredibly frustrated at the end of our days together. I mean, why is it so hard to follow directions? Although there are moments when I would rather lock myself in my bedroom and hide under my covers, I do my best to fairly discipline the girls when they choose to be disobedient. This includes calling them names–names that will make a difference in their behavior, such as:
You are obedient.
You are a big girl.
You are a good listener.
You are brave.
You are smart kid.
You are a good sister.
These aren’t the names you expected me to say, are they? The reason I allow this type of name calling in my home is because although things seem chaotic and as though I don’t have control of my kids, I am speaking over and into my children’s lives.
The behavior that my children exhibit don’t make them bad seeds. They are typical kids and my woes are typical woes of any parent.Want your children’s behavior to improve? Allow words to come from your mouth that describe the behavior (child) you want to see, who you know your child truly is and who they were created to be. Whether you want to believe in self-fulfilling prophecies or Proverbs 18:21, speaking positively into the atmosphere has been proven over and over to be effective. Each day, little by little, the behavior of my daughters gets better. As parents, we can make a choice to use damaging words and name calling or we can choose to speak life and positivity into our children’s minds and hearts, which will in turn encourage them to make better decisions and exhibit ideal behaviors.
Our friend, Riley of Adventures of Riley Madison is also offering some affirmation through her new t-shirt line (pictured above), …I’m Smart, Too. We love the message the line sends which is why I’m sharing it with you.
Often, people see children and the first thing they compliment them on are their looks. Children do need to hear this, but we hope that these shirts will also remind people to affirm that they are so much more than how they look.
What names do you call your children?