"Model behaviors that you desire in your child. If you want your child to be gentle, demonstrategentleness and kindness to him and others. Reinforce only desired behaviors. If you are aggressive with achild, this only reinforces aggression... Don't preach. Who likes to be preached to? Children learn by modeling and imitate what their parents do, positive or negative." -Magda Gerber
"Current research shows that some of the most commonly used and seemingly positive phrases we use with kids are actually quite destructive. Despite our good intentions, these statements teach children to stop trusting their internal guidance system, to become deceptive, to do as little as possible, and to give up when things get hard." Click here to read the full article.