Someone who counts such things, has written that the average child receives 431 negative messages per day: "Be quiet…Get down from there…Put down those scissors…Watch it…You're too small…Look at this mess you've made…I've already told you, 'no'…Stop playing and eat your food…"
Think about it, 431 negative messages a day. That is a lot of negative feed back. Chances are some of you have done it already today.
Maybe we should find a way to be more positive, more encouraging, and more pleasant with our children. After all, most of the things we get on to them about don't matter. Milk can be cleaned up. What counts is character.