We’ve all heard it said that it’s important not to label our children. “She’s the shy one.” “He’s the trouble maker.” “If she’s this moody now she’s going to be big trouble by the time she’s a teen.”
As a mom of ten, I learned personally that this type of labeling does not benefit our children. Up until my daughter, Leslie, was four-years-old I thought she was shy. She always hid behind me when we were around new people, and I gave her that label.
Then, I realized, Leslie wasn’t shy she just didn’t know who to respond to adults who complimented her naturally curly hair or asked her simple questions like, “Did you draw that picture?” Once I took the time with Leslie to role-play these situations, and practice her responses, she was a new child. She was outgoing and personable. Now she’s a missionary overseas and interacts with new people all the time. I hate to think what would have happened if I would have kept labeling her shy.
Then again, there ARE some labels we need to place on our children. They need to know about their unique roles and how they belong in God’s kingdom. Here are three ways to label our children the right way.
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