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Here’s a quick parenting tip that will quickly change your parenting world for the better immediately: Watch your tone.
That’s it. Just pay attention to how you are speaking to your kids and spouse.
As a young parent raising four young girls, I had no idea how my tone was hindering the effectiveness of my communication with my family. What I thought was normal talk from dad they actually perceived as intense and critical. Unknowingly I was coming on too strong.
At first it frustrated me (They just don’t understand!) but over time I came to realize how I could say the same things with a softer tone and it would dramatically change their response for the better.
Today try talking to your kids and spouse in a softer, more engaging tone. It doesn’t have to change what you say (that’s a story for another day) because just changing how you say it can make a huge difference.