Brag on Your Child According to Their Personality
Try this: Tell someone else how great your kid is in a way that best suits his or her individual personality.
Make the Connection:
Remember how I told you in the last chapter that my son Justen is an excellent writer? Well, he is. He's great. I love reading his stories. I literally beam with pride every time he finishes a story and have to stifle the impulse to call my friend at the bookstore and warn her that a bestseller is on the way. He's that good.
I could go on and on about how great he is... but I just can't tell him. Why? Because he hates it.
A few weeks ago, I said to him, "I love what a creative writer you are!"
He looked at me like I was crazy and said, "I don't even know why you're telling me this." As if it were causing him grief to have to spend the energy listening to me.
Justen is part amiable: He's thoughtful and adaptable and nurturing... but he's also very pensive and private and slightly mortified to hear his mom go on and on about his work. So, I've learned that a well-timed "nice job on that" says a lot more than hours of gushing.
My gushing was well-intentioned -- I was proud of him and he really is a great writer. But, my delivery? Well-intentioned or not, it didn't work. So instead of beaming with pride at my words, he scoffed. I now know that for him, less is more. Timing is everything. And my gushing on and on only makes me seem insincere.
I want you to brag on your kids in a way that really makes them proud of their accomplishments -- and in a way that is best received by their individual personality type. So for this challenge, I want you to brag on your child in a way that makes them feel loved, appreciated and proud.
Brag On Your Child -- According to Their Personality Link
Make Connecting Fun:
It's one thing to brag about your kids. It's an entirely different thing to brag about them in the way that they best understand affirmation. In their personal brag language, if you will. My friend Cheri Gregory explains exactly how to do that for each personality type in this free download Bragging on Your Child Based on their Personality. A little cheat sheet, if you will, to help you brainstorm on how best to encourage your child.
What will work for each of your kids? Let's focus on that today!