Losing our cool and using harsh words or criticising our children can scar their psyche. Here’s a list of twenty positive phrases to use during everyday conversations with children.
By Arun Sharma
Using inappropriate or negative language comes easily to most of us. However, learning to use positive language to help children grow up into well-balanced individuals takes time. Here is a list of phrases that you should use during your conversations with your child to help her imbibe positive attributes.
1. To develop self-esteem
2. To render an apology
3. To encourage effort
4. To encourage asking questions
4. To express gratitude
5. To encourage empathy
Positive words and phrases make us feel good and create an instant connection with people. A lot would depend upon the context, nature and purpose of the interaction and the immediate emotional state of the parent and the child. However, there are many opportunities in non-conflict situations where positive responses help to reinforce bonds of attachment with loved ones, and even help build new ones.
However, we must accept that there will always be negative situations and interactions. It’s best to keep them to a minimum, and follow up each of them with a sincere effort to repair any hurt that may have been caused. - Arundhati Swamy, Counsellor and the Head of Parent Engagement Programs at ParentCircle
6. To encourage resilience
7. To encourage creativity
8. To encourage communication
9. To boost confidence
10. To encourage independence
11. To encourage integrity
12. To encourage showing respect
Children need a lot of love and encouragement to thrive and do well. More than any gift or reward, your affectionate words and gestures can do wonders when it comes to instilling positive beliefs in your child. However, along with expressing your appreciation, also remember to praise only those traits that your child has the power to change.
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