Back to Basics!
Becoming Brain Smart
Watch a toddler. If you say, 'Don't touch the lamp,' what does the child do? She will look at you, look at the lamp, point to it, touch it and then look back at you-usually with a big smile. Her brain heard 'touch the lamp,' so she looks at your proudly as if to say, 'Hey! I did it! I touched the lamp!' Imagine her confusion when you growl, 'What did I tell you?' and push her little hand away. No wonder we all need therapy!"
(Excerpt from Conscious Discipline by Dr. Becky A. Bailey)
I recently attended a conference that echoed this "brain smart" tip. The brain often fails to hear the "no" or "not" when giving a directive. Tell them what you want them TO do instead of what you want them NOT to do. Tell yourself what YOU want too! Does this sound a little familiar to you? It should! This is the basic premise behind our positive expectations. ROAR on!