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Things You Must Say to Your Child

If certain things are said the right way, parents can bring out the best in their children. Here are few things which you must say to your children so that they are motivated and their emotional well-being is maintained.

Previously many psychologists and researchers presumed that it was necessary for parents to praise their children whenever they found a reason to do so. They were under the impression that children needed such positive encouragement to be content and determined in whatever tasks they pursued. However, researchers today do not agree with this viewpoint. As such, many researchers believe that constant praise could be a major hindrance to the overall development of a child. This article summarises a number of things that one must say to his or her child.

Learn to Say “Thank You”

Whenever you think it is appropriate, express gratitude to your child. Gratitude is a positive motivator. Not only do kids feel appreciated when you say "Thank You" to them, but they also imbibe manners that must be followed to survive with other kids or individuals in the society. Most importantly parents must make their kids understand the exact reason as to why they are saying “Thank You” to them.

Say “Sorry” Whenever Required

Some parents who behave like they are completely educated on how to act and always attempt to impart knowledge. These kinds of parents mostly have children who think that they are being constantly judged. Contrarily those parents who admit their faults, apologise and explain to their children that they are learning from their mistakes positively influence them. As a result kids feel that it is nothing to be ashamed of when they fail and that it is okay to accept mistakes. In turn, they are motivated to retry until a certain task is accomplished.

Say Appreciating Phrases for Child’s Efforts

Often, as parents want their kids to perform well all the time they can end up pressurising them. It must be understood that constantly asking kids to outdo themselves will mostly lead to disappointments. So, it is wise for parents to appreciate the efforts of their kids, avoid words like “you could do better” and make them believe that they are satisfied with the performance. You can say phrases like “Look how far you’ve come!” instead. When parents do so, kids will be motivated to try harder and would not sulk when they fail to perform.

On the other hand, many people express their over appreciation even when children fail miserably on consecutive occasions. As such statements do not account for direct applaud children are encouraged to perform well instead of basking on their success.

Say Things that Encourage Expressing Ideas

You cannot expect children to shoulder huge responsibilities unless you make them face difficulties on their own. So stop suggesting possible solutions to problems to your kids all the time. Instead seek their opinion and find out what they would want to do if left alone. Doing this will help them develop their own instincts and ideas. Instead of saying “You have to learn two chapters” you can say “How do you think we can finish two chapters today”.

Say Phrases to Relax Your Child

Kids really need to hear sentences like “Let’s skip everything to have some fun today”. Keep aside whatever you need to do and take your child to somewhere where he enjoys himself. You can go to the beach, an amusement park or even head back home to bake your kid’s favourite cake if that is what satisfies him. By doing this, your kids will learn that you like to spend time with them even when you have a lot of other things going on in life.

Researchers have found out that both criticism and applaud are harmful for kids. So as parents refrain from doing either. Instead you can do your own research and studies to find out about certain other things that can be done to positively motivate kids as well as maintain the balance. When you do this, your kids will learn to be confident from a tender age and grow up to be resilient and happy human beings.

Which things should parents say to encourage children? Which things should parents never say to their children? How can the way of talking affect the emotional well-being of children? Discuss here.

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Hasmukh.4 years ago
The article is very helpful for parents. It is very important to say good things to kids and harsh things can hurt their self esteem.
Trupti.4 years ago
Things said to kids in a right way help to encourage them. So it is important to think twice before saying anything to the child.
Astha.4 years ago
It is a good article but sometimes parents cannot have control on what they say.
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