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Day 3: Gentleness
Chapter Title: Be Careful Little Ears
Prayer Focus: Parent to Child
With this chapter, a noticeable shift occurs from setting a tone to studying actual family interactions. Parents are challenged to model grace and gentleness not only in their interactions with each other, but particularly in their interactions with their children.
Instead of creating a dictatorship where we raise robots, our goal as parents ought to be communicating standards consistently, allowing children to make mistakes under the safety of our roof.
Mentor Mom Moment: I’m so grateful for this excerpt from my friend Diana Sumpter (who also happens to be a mom, grandmother, military veteran and Mary Kay National Sales Director) that we titled, “How to Talk to Your Kids”. It’s a raw and honest lesson she learned that hits right where we need to hear it and pairs perfectly with my favorite quote from this chapter:
Click to Tweet: One of the worst ways we discredit our children is not just by speaking ill TO them, but by speaking ill OF them. @TheSamiCone #UncommonKids
Make it Practical: One of the tips I offer at the end of Chapter 3 is to “Let your children deal with their mistakes“. I go on to say “Don’t be so quick to clean up all your children’s messes for them. Think about it: it’s better to help your kids process their flubs while they’re living with you in their school years than to raise them in a bubble and then send them off to college without a hint of what the world will throw at them“.
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