The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice – Peggy O’Mara

Parenting is frightening, painful, expensive and a huge responsibility. Children don’t come with an instruction manual, and even if they did, it’s not always easy to follow!
“Do as I say, not as I do” doesn’t work on children.

Children see, children do. 

My eldest son just turned 13.

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When he was born, a friend gave me this  poem below

At the time I didn’t give it too much thought

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Remember that your children will carry your words with them for the rest of their lives

So start using these more often:

You are loved

You make me smile

I think about you when we’re apart

My world is better with you in it

I will do my best to keep you safe

Sometimes I will say no

I have faith in you

I know you can handle it

You are creative

Trust your instincts

Your ideas are worthwhile

You are capable

You are deserving

You are strong

You can say no

Your choices matter

You make a difference

Your words are powerful

Your actions are powerful

Your emotions may be powerful

And you can still choose your actions

You are more than your emotions

You are a good friend

You are kind

You don’t have to like what someone is saying in order to treat them with respect

Someone else’s poor behavior is not an excuse for your own

You are imperfect

So am I

You can change your mind

You can learn from your mistakes

You can ask for help

You are learning

You are growing

Growing is hard work

I believe you

I believe in you

You are valuable

You are interesting

You are beautiful

When you make a mistake you are still beautiful

Your body is your own

You have a say over your body

You are important

Your ideas matter

You are able to do work that matters

I see you working and learning every day

You make a difference in my life

I am curious what you think

How did you do that?

Your ideas are interesting

You’ve made me think of things in a completely new way

I’m excited to see what you do

Thanks for helping me

Thank you for contributing to our family

I enjoy your company

It’s fun to do things with you

I’m glad you’re here

I’m happy to talk with you

I’m ready to listen

I’m listening

I’m proud of you

I’m grateful you’re in my life

You make me smile

I love you.


Stress free parenting is a myth.

There is no such thing as a perfect parent, but a million way to be a good one.
Treasure every moment before it becomes just a memory.

Marcia

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One Comment Add yours

  1. Esther says:

    That’s really true

    Liked by 1 person

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