Do you nag your children often?
If your answer is “yes”, you’re not alone.
You want your children to be responsible, self-motivated and independent.
Since they’re not there yet, you instinctively nag them to correct their behaviour and attitude.
But, at the same time, you realise that all this nagging isn’t working.
If so, this article is for you.
I’ve had years of experience working with thousands of children and teenagers. So I now understand the factors that help them to become mature and responsible.
One of the most important factors is how their parents speak to them.
The more positive interactions between the parent and child, the less likely it is that the parent will need to nag the child in order to gain compliance.
It’s also more likely that a strong parent-child bond will form.
In fact, there’s a supposed “magic ratio” of 5 to 1 in healthy relationships: 5 positive expressions of feelings and actions for every negative expression.
So, in this article, I’ll share with you 50 positive things you can say to your children, so that – in the long run – you won’t need to nag them anymore!
Before we get to the list, here’s a bonus for you . . .
Here’s the list:
1. “I’m grateful for you.” Children feel special when they know you’re thankful that they’re a part of your life.
2. “What do you think?” Ask this question to show that you value your children’s opinions.
3. “I enjoy spending time with you.” Children and teenagers behave better when they know that you love them and like them.
4. “All of us make mistakes.” Say this instead of harshly criticising your children for accidental mistakes.
5. “You’re special to me.” This phrase will help to fill your children’s “love tank”.
6. “I appreciate it when you . . .” For example, you might say, “I appreciate it when you set the table for dinner.”
7. “I trust you.” Children and teenagers who feel as if their parents trust them are more likely to become trustworthy.
8. “You’re getting better at . . .” When you notice your children’s progress, they’ll feel encouraged and motivated. [Read more…]