More damage than good?
“Sit down right NOW!”
“Why didn’t you turn in your homework? You are so forgetful.”
“Why do I have to tell you over and over again? Just do it now.”
“You are driving me crazy!”
“Your backpack is a mess.”
“I don’t want to play with you.”
“Just focus and do your work.”
“Look at Jimmy over there, he’s doing his work. Be like him.”
Statements such as these can leave kiddos feeling defeated, inadequate, and incompetent, and with low self-esteem. As parents, we can nurture our children’s self-esteem by making a few shifts in our parenting approach.