• http://twitter.com/ElvieLook Elvie

    You have such a wonderful way of teaching and writing. I need to apply those points as I know I say things in the wrong way to my husband. It is amazing how our words have such a profound affect just by how we say things. Enjoy your articles so much!

  • Anonymous

    Thank you Elvie!

  • http://twitter.com/SusanMcKenzieWY Susan McKenzie

    I love all the practical examples of how to use words in a respectful, honoring, and positive way… so many of us grew up hearing what doesn’t work instead of what does! You are a tremendous leader and teacher, Denny – thanks!!!

  • Anonymous

    You are so kind Susan! Blessings~

  • Olga

    The way we do things and the way we say things says more about ourselves than about the other person I think. How we treat ourselves we usually treat others. Things change when we choose to treat others the way we want to be treated. Thanks for all the isight again Denny!

  • Rachelle

    Funny, I just had my 19 yo say to me that he didn’t appreciate the way I demanded he let the other kids watch his dvd he was watching in the car.  I honestly did not hear a demand come from my mouth, but I listened to him repeat back what I had said, and then apologized to him. It IS so important how we say things. We choose to surround ourselves with either negative or positive.  Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul and health to the bones ~ Proverbs  This is a family memory verse.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Carol-Rosenberg-Giambri/655311615 Carol Rosenberg Giambri

    Loved this Denny and “praise for effort.”  Oops, brought a flashback and my parents forgot that part, but glad you are educating parents now who can make a difference on the value of praise along with the great points shared here. 

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for commenting Carol and for kind words!

  • Anonymous

    Oh wow, yes, it is amazing how we think we are saying something and how differently we are received! High five for recognizing it…love your family verse! Appreciate you sharing Rachelle!

  • Anonymous

    You are very welcome Olga, so true…what we send our returns to us! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  • http://www.thekidscoach.org.uk Naomi

    Great post. Lots of good advice. I tend to use the work and office one quite a lot when I suggets to parents how the can get their children to co-operate more effectively.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Naomi, I have found that the example of the work place request is a common area that most adults can relate to, which of course is the goal.

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  • http://www.GreenGiftsGuide.com Amity Hook-Sopko

    Helpful as always, Denny!   We go in and out of “listening” challenges with one of our boys. I realize it’s during the busier times (usually morning), so your advice will help us all be more conscious.  Your advice always reminds me to look at people’s intentions… and I know they don’t intend to be forgetful :)

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  • Kimberly DeMello

    I really enjoyed the article this morning.My issue is that I start  asking nicely for them to do things and then I ask nicely a 2nd and 3rd time and after that I start getting upset and it turns into a threat to take something away.It also bothers me because I feel like they don’t take me seriously. I have this issue mostly when I am trying to get them ready for school.

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