Negativity in our house is major problem. The kids constantly fight one another and complain about each other. It drives me CRAZY!
So yesterday to try to combat some of the negativity, I pulled out the old saying, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all”, given in my best Thumper voice. I even decided to help them out by giving some examples and saying some nice things about each of them like:
“Dallin is really great at doing math and playing catcher in baseball”
“Mandy is really great at reading and giving awesome hugs.”
“Layton is really great at being cute and giving the longest kisses ever.”
For a minute I thought that they were really catching on to the idea when Mandy pipes up with, “Mom, I know what Dallin is really good at.” And so me being the unsuspecting parent that I am, innocently asked, “What?”. And boy was I in store for an answer. She said, “Dallin is really good at making me and Layton mad.”
I’m thinking maybe she didn’t quite get the concept after all. Oh kids.