Encouragement is awesome. Think about it. It has the capacity to lift a man’s or a woman’s shoulders. To breathe fresh air into the fading embers of a smoldering dream. To actually change the course of another human being’s day, week, or life.
How often do you encourage your children? How often do we speak positively to them? Perhaps it might be a good experiment – to note how many times you speak positively to them, and how many times you don’t.
Often we forget that children are little human beings and who respond positively to things, who react better to words of good spirit rather than imperative instructions. “Don’t do this! Don’t touch that! Stop it!” are words we more commonly hear in the interactions with our younger partners in life.
It doesn’t necessarily mean we need to molly-coddle them or baby them. Nor does it mean a lack of discipline. But we can try to make our first interactions or instructions when it comes to a task a more positive one – “Let’s try to do this” – and seek to encourage them to try; to try to do good, to behave well, rather than use the threat of punishment as motivation. Speaking and working positively also encourages a child to try – an important life skill for the future.