How do you encourage your children?

United States
February 11, 2008 12:55am CST
I am a mother of 3 - 2 teenage girls and a toddler girl. It is extremely difficult, especially when they don't listen to you... which is rather often. I have been reading a book entitled "How to Win Friends & Influence People" by Dale Carnegie. In this book the first principle suggests that you do not complain, do not criticize, and compliment. This is all in a process on how to become a better person. I do compliment my children, but I find it increasingly difficult to not complain and not criticize, as I would like for them to learn the "correct" (my) way. When your children do not listen and may not do things correctly... How do YOU encourage them to do things the right way, not the wrong, without complaining and criticizing? How do you encourage your children to be a better person?
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@dpk262006 (58732)
• Delhi, India
11 Feb 08
I have a teenage daughter, I also feel the same problem. I agree with you that all the principles of Dage Carnegie's book may not be practically and may not fit into our day to day life. Sometimes, children become stubborn and they are required to be dealth with some threatening and high handedness. You cannot always be polite with them. If they are not listening to you, you need to tight their screws, so that they could become disciplined. Good Post!