Catch Them Doing Something Right (Ephesians 4:29)
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The best way to shape a child's behavior is to notice them doing what you want and call attention to it. Catch them doing something right. Compliments put a smile on your face and encourage you, right? Build others up, the Bible commends in Ephesians 4:29, "that it may benefit those who listen." Well, children benefit greatly when you applaud them. Stepparents, when you compliment a child you get the added benefit of strengthening your relationship with the child. Double-bonus!
Well, here it is parents. The single best discipline strategy known to mankind.