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Adjusting My Outlook For The Better

I started listening to you twenty years ago, and at that time you continually encouraged parents to catch their kids doing something "right."  We had two kids, so I drew up a sticker chart. Every time I saw them being kind, loving, or compassionate to others in the household, they got a sticker.  We would gleefully paste those stickers on the chart, and at the end of the week, the prize was appropriate for what they had earned. The biggest prize was a cool flying toy from the Dollar Store.  The smallest prize was a sticker for their shirt that said, "I'm proud of you."

I didn't know this process would actually teach ME to catch them doing something right. I just thought it was a great way to take care of my children, but this project totally adjusted my outlook.  My children are so much the better for it as well - they're now 17 and 18 years old. 

Thank you for teaching me to catch people doing something right. It has been your greatest gift to me.

Tags: Attitude, Behavior, Character-Courage-Conscience, Motherhood-Fatherhood, Parenting, Personal Responsibility
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