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We observe our kids’ actions every day in all situations. So, is our observation forming an opinion about our kids that leads to labeling?

As a parent it is so hard not to adopt labels towards our children. But if you desire to have a great relationship with your kid through middle school and high school, it is essential to avoid labels.   

Speaking as a parent of four children, I would be lying if I said I had never made this mistake. The labels I adopted always led to issues in our relationship and their lives.  We form labels when we witness repeated behaviors that lead us to make conclusions about our children and their weaknesses. Some of the more common labels I hear when talking with parents about their children include:

  • Lazy
  • Manipulative
  • Disrespectful
  • Liar

I have found that these labels are logical conclusions based on specific behaviors or issues that parents can easily rattle off from past experience. Read More →