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We try to avoid labels, positive or negative. Describing our children with words like lazy, funny, stubborn, always happy… labels them and creates an image of themselves in their head.⁣
“You’re so lazy”: the child thinks “I’m a lazy person” and doesn’t make an effort, even is they wanted to.⁣
“You’re so funny”: the child thinks “I’m a funny person” and tries so hard to meet that expectation, despite their mood. ⁣
When I catch myself say “You’re so…” I finish the sentence with… their name.⁣
So whether Emily says something funny or doesn’t want to walk, I say “you’re so Emily!”.⁣
What are the labels you want to try and avoid? ⁣