Parents, grandparents and any other adult that’s part of a child’s life has a huge impact on shaping that child. Children mimic the behavior that they see. They learn from watching the adults around them. The way you speak and the way you act can have a powerful influence on the little ones around you. Choosing to be a positive influence means setting a good example through your words and through your actions. Your words have a much stronger impact on your child that you realize.
Here are four kind phrases that can change a child’s life forever:
1. “Treat Others As You Want To Be Treated”
Ah, the Golden Rule. Teaching a child about the Golden Rule at a young age can help them understand how important it is to treat others with kindness and respect. Too many people lack the ability to accept others for who they are and treat them with respect. As an adult, your words and actions should show your child that you practice what you preach. If you treat others with kindness and respect, your child will begin to understand. Instead of being a bully or looking down on others, they’ll be a peacemaker and a leader.
2. “Listen Before Speaking”
This lesson might take a few years for a young child to learn, but it’s worth teaching. Being an active listener can help your child in all aspects in life. It will help them be a better student, a better teacher and a better friend. Active listening by concentrating, understanding and responding isn’t always easy. Gently remind your child to listen before speaking, to teach them the importance of respectful communication.
3. “Think Positive Thoughts”
This simple phrase can end up being a powerful lesson. Keeping a positive attitude can be extremely difficult, especially as you get older and life starts to happen. If your child learns to keep a positive attitude when they’re young, even when things are difficult, this lesson will stay with them throughout their adult life.
4. “Kindness Is The Greatest Gift You Can Give”
One of the greatest lessons you can teach your child is to be kind. In a world full of people who are judgmental and lack compassion, finding someone who is genuinely kind and compassionate can be tough. Teach your child how important it is to show kindness to others in any circumstance. One kind act can make a world of difference in someone else’s life.
Article Originally Published at David Wolfe