Freedom is … telling our kids a different story about themselves when they’ve experienced negative labelling from teachers, siblings or even ourselves. I’ve found that the Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish series of “How to Talk so Kids Will Listen” to be the best in this. If a child is labelled uncoordinated, the parent can share memories of how the child was just the opposite by saying “I guess she/he doesn’t know you the way I do … ” It’s called ‘be a storehouse for your child’s special moments’ and is a very powerful tool for parenting wisely. Freeing our children from negative labels is Freedom because as adults we know just how entrapping negative self stories can become.
18th day of the Jewish month of Nissan – the month of Freedom