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Making the most of the good days

by Traci Schumacher on Sat, 12/07/2013 - 11:59am

The good days of parenting. We all have them, though maybe not as often as we would like. The good days are days when the kids behave well in action and attitude. Days of relative peace and pleasantness. Days of cooperation instead of conflict.

Parenting is hard work, this trying to shape and mold our children to be responsible, caring, kind, and productive humans. In the midst of all this teaching and learning and practicing, the good days give us hope and encouragement. And we need to pass this encouragement on to our kids, to fix the good days in their minds as a reference point and a beacon of hope for them as well.

The best way to emphasize a good day for your kids is to praise them for it. Talk about it. We certainly don't hesitate to tell our kids when we are displeased with them, so we should even more generously tell them when we are pleased.

Tell them you noticed how well they handled conflict this day or how polite they were or how they told the truth even though it's not always easy. Tell them you appreciate their efforts and the way they made the whole day nicer for everyone. If we fail to tell them and praise them for the good things, they may grow discouraged, failing to notice their own progress.

Later, when you and your kids are having a bad day, you might remind them of a past good day, and maybe it will make them think and consider their actions, remember their successes, and choose more wisely. Here's to making the most of our good days...

 

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