Monday, May 04, 2009

A Supportive Household

By Dr Bill Maier

People who grow up happy and successful often credit their achievements to a supportive family.

So how do we develop that kind of encouraging environment in our home?

One good way is to quickly acknowledge positive behavior in our kids. When we see them helping someone else we should reward them with praise.

You might say to your son, "Thanks for giving your brother a hand with that, John."

We should also resist the urge to compare our kids with each other, or with someone else's kids.

Never say to your child, "Why can't you be more like your sister," or "You don't see David acting that way." Instead, focus on their effort and their willingness to try. You might say something like "I really appreciate you working so hard to bring your spelling grades up."

The key is to actively look for ways that you can be supportive, and to teach your kids to do the same thing.

An encouraging household is crucial to raising healthy, happy kids.

From TODAY, Voices – Monday, 04-May-2009
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