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May 10, 2010

Tip of the Day: The Best of You

Image: Flickr/Christian Scheja

Image: Flickr/Christian Scheja

When your kids make a mistake – and they will – assume that they want to do better. This is especially true as kids start lying. Try this the next time you suspect that your child is twisting the truth: Look them straight in the eye and tell them…
“I believe you. I know that you are an honest person who tells the truth.” Then walk away. Instead of making the conflict between the two of you, you are allowing them to feel it internally.

As the Reverend Daniel Considine once said, “To get the best out of a man, go to what is best in him.” By calling them to the highest parts of themselves, you are guiding them towards their own success while empowering them to actually reach it. This positions you as an ally, a resource for them as they face the ever increasing difficulties of life.

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