Tuesday, August 9, 2011



Glen L. Latham’s book, “Christlike Parenting,” discusses the importance of starting every consequential statement with the word, “if.” He wrote that this positive approach will completely change the interaction. Instead of, “You do not get to play with your friends until you finish the dishes,” changes to, “If you get your dishes done, you will be able to play with your friends.” The child is able to feel much more positively about what he is about to do and is therefore able to do his task with a happier, more positive attitude…and ends up feeling much better about himself….and his parent. The key is to remember to start your sentence with the word, “If.”