We take care of our things!

[2 years +]
One of our family ‘values’ (‘value’ implies we are doing it because we want to, rather than ‘rule’ implying because we HAVE to) is ‘we take care of our things’. Phrasing it in a positive sense tells a child what they SHOULD do, not what they shouldn’t do. And makes it nicer for everyone to hear when you have to ‘harp on’!

Whilst you may still need to then explain more specifically what your child SHOULD do in each scenario – ‘tuck feet into bed (not kick walls)’, ‘draw with crayons (not throw)’, ‘keep hat on (instead of throwing over fence at daycare)’ – ‘we take care of our things’ helps your child to understand the family value….. that you are teaching them to value 🙂

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About heidelightful

Hello friend! I am a paediatric speech pathologist and health coach. My vision is to create a world where parents can understand the real link between diet and their child's health and behaviour, and know how to create true health for their family. My two young, wonderful and sensitive sons both have food intolerances and have also taught me about my own, that I have never known about until now! Topics I have looked into for my own family's health and also from my role as a speech pathologist with children with picky eating are food intolerances, fussy eaters, creating healthy eaters and eating to prevent and ‘cure’ childhood issues such as ADHD, autism, eczema/skin issues, trouble sleeping, low immunity, frequent snot/ear infections and bedwetting, to name a few. I write many posts coming from being an exhausted mum trying to keep up with fussy boys who can only eat certain foods and also as a professional who has worked with other children with similar issues. I live on the Sunshine Coast in Australia with my husband and two boys and was previously an exchange student in Brazil! I hope to inspire you to help your child achieve their potential through health and well-being. Thanks for stopping by :) Heidi

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