Talking to Kids Advice for Parents
Words matter. What a parent says to their child affects how that child acts, speaks, and believes. In Proverbs 22:6, parents are told to "Start children off on the way they should go," and given the promise that if they do so, "even when they are old they will not turn from it." How can parents start their children off right and train them in the way they should go? What sorts of words do build a child up and not tear them down?
Good Parenting Tips: What Not to Say to Your Child
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Parents who praise a child for being smart or athletic or for some other quality may feel they are supporting their children. However, research indicates that being praised for a character trait, rather than effort, caused kids to be discouraged when they failed. Saying, "Your hard work on practicing sure paid off," or "I can tell you studied hard for that test," encourages children to be confident that they can tackle even more difficult challenges.