Week 6. This week’s focus ties back to the last one. [Did you, cough, cough, skip over that one? That’s okay. Click here to read week 5, then come back here for week 6.]
5 times. Five times a day last week you bit your tongue, held your thoughts, enjoyed the moment.
Week 6? it is all about making the moments more.
How? Like this: Keep your practice from last week. Keep stopping before you correct or criticize five times each day. And instead compliment your child. But don’t give them any-old praise. Instead of complimenting what they do, compliment who they are.
- Your laugh sounds like magic.
- Your eyes sparkle more than the stars.
- I love listening to your ideas as you solve a problem.
- Your face shows your concentration when you draw.
- Your muscles get stronger every time you run.
- I can hear the confidence growing in your voice each time you read to me.
[for more on the importance of process instead of product, check out Carol Dweck’s Mindset ]
Last week was about stopping five times. This week is for replacing each critique with a compliment. Which leaves us with one extra, right?
For compliment #6, start the day in a new way. Each morning, when you first greet your child, tell them. Tell them with a smile, a hug, and words how wonderful they are, no matter what they do. Love. That’s unconditional.
audio extra? here it is! xoxo.
Want to go back and review?
week 5 was for 5 moments to enjoy.
week 4 was for 4 out the door.
week 3 was for 3 Mississippi.
week 2 was for 2 gratitudes.
week 1 was for 1 ladybug sized thing.