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A Short Parenting Tip
December 6, 2004

The Way You Give Instructions

If you're experiencing resistance from your child when you give an instruction,
you may find that using different words will bring a more positive response.
Proverbs 15:1 says "a gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up

Look for ways to communicate that will encourage a positive response. We
recommend that you make a statement about your goal or objective before you give
the instruction. "Emily, I'm trying to get things cleaned up before Dad gets
home. Would you please pick up your books, shoes, and backpack in the living
room?" The statement before the instruction gives children a little more
information and can help them feel they're part of a team.

The older the child, the more the explanation is helpful, and not just for the
purpose of showing value to the child. Older children are developing their own
convictions and need to understand more reasons and guidelines behind rules and
This is part of a parenting tip I got in my email today. It's such good advice, especially in GD.
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