AFFIRMATION – It’s so easy to get caught in the trap of bringing constant correction upon our kids that we forget to affirm them in the things that they actually do right. I’m not saying reward kids for doing things that are just to be expected, because kids can see through all that. But, do your best to point out positive actions and character qualities that you observe in your child; and, tell them how much you appreciate those qualities.
If their chores have been completed in a workmanlike and timely manner over time, then let them know how much you respect these responsible habits in them and how it’s building your trust in them. And make it a priority to find a positive thing to point out for every time you need to address a correction. This will go a long way in strengthening a strong and healthy relationship with your child.