to accept and successfully carry out the
responsibilities of adulthood. While transition from childhood to adulthood can
uttering this out loud!
“Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips
from speaking guile” (Psalm 34: 13).
5 “because i said so!” Okay,;this;one;is;actually;the;most
foolish thing any mom ever said. I re-member;hearing;this;as;a;kid,;and;I;re-member;thinking,;that’s no answer! Just
telling someone what to do or what not
to;do;doesn’t;teach;him;why he should/
shouldn’t do it. Once he understands
your reasoning, he may adopt your posi-tion,;and;then;you’ll;never;have;to;say;no
wise choice himself.
6 Empty Praise Giving empty praise is as damaging
trust you to tell him the truth, he will not
him what he wants to hear, it will mean
nothing, undermine his self-esteem, and
eventually lead to disrespect. Disrespect
always affects discipline.
7 Threatening or Using Fear Fear and intimidation may work
way toward building an open and honest parent/child relationship . . . though
our daughter’s early beaus. You don’t
want your children to be afraid of you;
you want them to be afraid of what can
shoot straight. Tell them the truth and
give them the insight they will need in
order to adopt the beliefs that will help
“My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor
my tongue utter deceit”;(Job 27: 4).
Uttering these seven foolish things not
only leaves your children feeling powerless and confused, but it also gives them
an excuse to justify disobedience and poor
behavior. It can destroy the foundation of
discipline and gives them a feeling of futility so that they give up trying to do the
right things. Applying these tips will help
you communicate more effectively with
your children so that you may avoid a
fear of the teen years and instead embrace
them as your children grow to maturity.
JoJo Tabares holds a degree in speech communication, but it is her humorous approach to communication skills that has
made her a highly sought-after Christian
speaker and writer. Her articles have appeared in homeschool publications such as
The;Old;Schoolhouse®;Magazine and on
websites such as Crosswalk.com and Dr
Laura.com. For more information about
effective communication for parents,
please visit www.ArtofEloquence.com and
click on “Say What You Mean for Moms.”