(Ephesians 4:29-32; 1 Thessalonians 5:11)
The Situation: Kids hear, “You’ll never amount to anything!” Many children are exposed to an onslaught of criticism, sarcasm, and derogatory comments. These words tear down a child’s con!dence, competence, and self-esteem. As a result, kids have growing problems of insecurity and fear. They believe the messages that they hear!
The Solution: Just as a battery continually needs to be recharged, your child requires a constant supply of encouragement. To counterbalance negative messages, kids need large doses of support, affirmation, and praise. Look for ways to build your child up. Be his or her biggest cheerleader.
Let your kids know that you believe in them—no matter what!
What You Can Do: Negative messages come from a variety of sources. Reduce or eliminate the number of times your child is exposed to hurtful words or detrimental conduct. Surround him or her with sources that will provide positive input. The changes in your child’s outlook and performance might
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