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This week we look at Asset #2, Positive Family Communication. According to the Search Institute, “Youth are more likely to grow up healthy when they and their parents communicate positively and they are willing to seek parent’s advice and counsel.”
There are two things that come to my mind when I think about this topic. I remember a comic strip when I was young called The Far Side. The first frame had an adult talking to a dog saying stuff one would say to a dog. You know, something along the lines of, “Now remember Ginger, you should stay off the coach and Ginger, don’t chase the cat,” and it continued. The next frame told you what the dog hears and it went something like this. “Ginger, blah, blah, blah, blah, Ginger, blah, blah, blah, blah.”
As the mother of three, I think children are the same as Ginger. They may only hear one out of every three words you say, so make it something good.
The other thing that comes to mind was a report on a talk show about things kids carry with them all of their lives. It was about a little girl who had a father who called her thunder thighs. It was meant for fun and then the nickname stuck forever. The girl was destroyed inside and never able to get over the damage it did to her mentally.
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