“O ye loving mothers, know ye that in God’s sight, the best of all ways to worship Him is to educate the children and train them in all the perfections of humankind; and no nobler deed than this can be imagined”. –Baha’u’llah
I have been blessed with two beautiful souls whom I am honored to call my children. They are loving, smart, adventurous, and very silly individuals who are a constant source of inspiration. Today on Mother’s Day as I reflect on the gift of accompanying them on their journey through life, it warms my soul!
“Children are the most precious treasure a community can possess, for in them are the promise and guarantee of the future. They bear the seeds of the character of future society which is largely shaped by what the adults constituting the community do or fail to do with respect to children.” The Universal House of Justice of the Baha’is of the World, 2000.
I love this quote! It has inspired some of the best learning experiences with my children.
A few common statements that one may hear adults use when they are angry with children are:
- “What is wrong with you?”
- “That was bad.”
- “That was very rude!”
- “That was so stupid.”
- “Why are you being so mean to your sister or brother?”
…and the list goes on.
“Into the house where Joy lives, happiness will gladly follow.” Japanese Proverb
Children hear the words, “No, Don’t, Stop it!” all day long. Can you imagine having your desires thwarted often and on a daily basis? Sometimes NO is the appropriate response, but it is more effective when used sparingly.
Here are a few alternatives to NO that I have used with success.