In the beginning, teaching them to say certain phrases is a matter of an automated response, often lacking the desired emotion. However if, along with the words, we are developing in their hearts the proper attitudes, with time these words will be a genuine expression of how they feel. When appropriate, using each of these phrases with siblings in the home provides a great training ground for learning to use them in public.
- “Thank you.” An attitude of gratitude goes a long way in life. Whether expressing appreciation for a gift or a thoughtful gesture, these words should be instilled as a habit in our children’s lives at an early age.
- “I’m sorry; I was wrong.” These words are usually difficult to say at any age, so the sooner we learn to acknowledge our wrong words or actions and ask for forgiveness, the better it is for us.
- “I’m happy for you.” Showing pleasure when someone else succeeds can help keep our focus off of ourselves by acknowledging the achievements of others.
As I read through these sentences, I realize that I need to be setting a proper example in my home by using them myself.
Are there other phrases you emphasize with your children? Do you have tips on helping them remember to use these words at appropriate times? Please share!