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Act Don't Yak
Parenting Power Admin September 1, 2016 No Comments

Act Don’t Yak

Over the past 14 years, Parenting, we have developed many “isms.” These are sayings that we use repeatedly.

One of our favourite Parenting Powerisms is:

ACT Don’t YAK!

We have found that many, many parents love to talk.

Talking with our kids is really important. Talking at our kids is often much less effective. It is pretty easy to become ‘Charlie Brown’s Mom,’ with kids just hearing, “BWAH..BWAH…BWAH…”

Talking about our kids also sometimes gets out of hand. It is nice to share the ups and downs of our children’s lives with a close friend and with our co-parent. However, sometimes parents spend a great deal of time talking about what’s not working and very little time zeroing in on how to make it work better.

Mother Theresa once said,
“There should be less talk; a preaching point is not a meeting point. What do you do then? Take a broom and clean someone’s house. That says enough.”

Kids learn 75% of what they learn from us through our actions. That is why it is so important to act – pick up the broom and sweep rather than just talking about how nice it would be if that happened. And while you are at it, teach your kids how to sweep too.

Did you pick one thing last week?

What is the action that needs to go with your words so that change actually happens?

We heard lots of great feedback from our readers last week about picking one thing to change. We’d love to hear more about your actions. Email us back OR head to our Facebook page and let us know how it felt to pick one thing, make a plan and act on it.

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