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How Can I Stop Labeling My Kids?

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This is the All Pro Dad podcast, where in each episode, dads of all ages dive into just one question. Today, we ask, “How can I stop labeling my kids?”

Labels can have a profound impact on our children, influencing how we view
them, treat them, discipline them, and ultimately, how they view and treat
themselves. Ted Lowe, Bobby Lewis, BJ Foster, and Reggie Lewis discuss how
often dads label their kids, sometimes without even realizing it.

Labels can come from anywhere, but they’re especially impactful when they come
from parents.

There are three things we can do to avoid labeling our kids:

1. Be careful with introductions.
2. Be careful with what your kids overhear.
3. Be careful not to label them when you discipline them.

Dads, take a moment to reflect on the labels you use with your kids. Are you
saying the things they need to hear? Avoid labeling your kids because labels are
sticky and hard to remove.

Today’s Pro Move: For this week, keep track of every time you are tempted to label your kid.


Other resources

3 Ways to Stay Away From Labeling Your Child

Seven 4-Letter Words Never to Say to Your Child

The 5 Golden Rules of Criticizing Kids

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