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I know I need to point out positives. I’m looking...

Posted on 10/20/2018 by Greg Yoder

Mom and Dad, I’ve been there. We find ourselves wanting to point out our son or daughter’s positive actions, but there just aren’t any. We sit back and hear ourselves correct, rebuke, and sometimes yell at the offending child as they push one button after another. Then, all of a sudden they cross the line—and you do, too. Your volume goes up, then the words start coming out, and now you’re in a position where you’re breaking your son or daughter’s will and spirit, not training them. Helpful hint: get them doing something so you CAN praise them. Maybe they can help you pick up a room, dry dishes, sweep a floor—something where you can say, “Good job.” Encouraging words will help you both.

Suggested Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Keys for Kids Parent Minute is a one-minute daily feature, hosted by Greg Yoder, the executive director of Keys for Kids Ministries. Amidst a vast sea of parenting experts, Greg is a real parent who’s had successes and failures raising kids. Greg shares the good and the bad about raising his own four kids–three of which are now adults. He’s a real parent and grandparent, talking to real parents and grandparents about real issues facing kids and their families today.

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