It’s hard being a kid. Navigating family, friends, school and social situations can be an exhausting and even frustrating endeavor. As parents, it is part of our job to guide and encourage through the difficult times by arming them with tried and true bits of wisdom on which they can fall back. These mantras are not only helpful during the school year but also for the rest of our kids’ lives.
Believe In The Power Of “Yet.”
“Yet” is a strong word, full of hope and promise. There are many things our kids don’t know or haven’t experienced. Yet. “Yet” implies that the knowledge and understanding is right around the corner, just waiting to be discovered. Turning the frustration of not knowing into an adventure for revelation can make all the difference in attitude.
Practice Makes Better.
When I was younger, the adage was “practice makes perfect” but “practice makes better” feels so much more meaningful. Perfect doesn’t exist, but better is a constant target for which to aim. No matter what task we seek to achieve, we can all improve through practice.
Mistakes Are Proof That You Are Trying.
No one likes to make mistakes, but errors have a significant place in learning. Every misstep leads us to greater understanding, and our kids shouldn’t be afraid to mess up. Rather than criticize or shy away from mistakes, use them as teachable moments leading to great things.
Do The Right Thing…Even When No One Is Looking
While it’s nice to be recognized for good choices, praise shouldn’t be the sole motivator for those decisions. It can be so hard to go against the crowd and stand up to peer pressure, which is why we should remind our kids that no matter who’s watching, doing the right thing is always the best option.
Never Say “I Can’t.” Always say “I’ll Try.”
The words “I can’t” embody negativity and a refusal to attempt. You never know what you can accomplish if you don’t at least make the attempt. Furthermore, actually accomplishing something you never dreamed you could is a feeling unlike anything else. Always encourage your kids to try. They’ll be glad you did.
What’s your favorite mantra to share with your child?