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How To Keep Your Word To Your Kids

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Children need to know their parents are reliable. That makes them feel safe. And they know their parents are reliable when they always keep their word.
So when you tell them you will pick them up from day care at a particular time, always make sure you are there then. Keeping a child waiting, not knowing what’s happening is very stressful and destroys a child’s sense of security.
If something happens and you can’t get there, always inform whoever’s looking after the child so the child (and the caregiver) knows where they are.
If you pride yourself on keeping your word to the child, never make one of those threats that can so easily trip you up “ If you don’t behave, I won’t take you”… and then you find you can’t keep your word, and leave the child behind. So then the child learns that you may not keep your word, and it’s worth trying you on.
Being reliable, means children know you mean what you say, you won’t let them down, and they know where they are. They grow up trusting their parents, and therefore their environment and ultimately the world.

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