Kids Say The Darndest Things

So, this post isn’t really about what kids say but rather, what we say to our kids. But I like catchy titles. Moving on. Trying to teach children things like integrity and respect has proven to be rather difficult.  But, I finally figured out what I wanted the boys to know about these two words: Respect – Thinking someone is important Integrity – Doing the right thing when no one is looking When my boys disrespect me, I say to them, “When you did that, it didn’t make me feel very important to you.” When I talk to them about their behavior when I’m not around I say, “Remember to make good choices even when I’m not watching.” These have helped me a lot. My friend, Robin Meadows, has a ton of these great sayings.  If you have any, I’d love to hear them. Don’t be shy, now.

3 thoughts on “Kids Say The Darndest Things”

  1. When my boys were young I would tell them tha ” the word, quit, was not in our dictionary” to encourage them to finish whatever they started. I even cut the word out of our old Webster dictionary with scissors, in case they went to check it out.

    My oldest son is now 21 years old and has become a party animal and I really wish he would “quit” that behavior.

  2. Something I frequently say to my children is in regards to relationships:

    “You teach others how to treat you”…

    1) By the way you treat them, and 2) by the way you allow yourself to be treated.

    The other day when we were in the car on the way home from school, BabyGirl was telling me about some issues she was having w/ her friends (4th grade). Her Lil’ Bro (2nd grade) immediately said, “Em, it’s just like Mama always tells us… ‘You teach people how to treat you’…”


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