encouraging other parents (and kids)

Just after Kenzo hopped off the bus from camp last week I had three adults who were on the trip come up to me and say "i want to talk with you about Kenzo."

Gulp.

And all three talked about what a cool kid she was, how smart she was, and when she prayed how her prayers were not just the standard "dear God, please bless the missionaries and my cat and blah, blah, blah…" but they were real conversations with a real God.

I could not have been more proud of her.

I shared that with her last night and when she heard that another person noticed some of the things she had been working on she lit up like Rockefeller Center on Christmas Eve.

I don’t think we can ever give our kids enough (when it’s true) positive reinforcement and affirmation. We spend time telling them to get better or behave better…we need to remember to tell them what a great job they are doing when it happens.

They will remember it, a long time.

Also…we I need to do a better job looking for good in other kids and then I need to tell their parents what a good job the parents are doing being parents. Because I think deep down inside, all of us think we are all doing an average, at best, job and that our failures and screw-ups will leave our kids to be the next generation of Paris Hilton’s and PacMan Joneses….

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Posted on June 19, 2007, in Dad stuff. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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