It's a role I take very seriously so when I hear statements like the following, I look for ways to combat them:
"I can't ride without training wheels."
"I can't read."
"I can't build the tower."
"I can't make my bed."
"I can't put my head underwater."
Every statement above was said by my sweet firstborn. Worse, he believed it in his heart.
Time after time, I would replace the negative statements by giving him positive thoughts: I can try. I will learn. I keep up the effort. I can.
I'm amazed at how this negative self-talk invades his mind from such a young age. One of the tools I've used to replace the negative with positive truth is scripture. The go-to verse for such negativity? Philippians 4:13
And guess what? This year we've overcome quite a few of those very negative statements:
- Face-in-the-water swimming? Check, last summer
- Reading? Check, above grade level scores
- Making the bed? Check, a few wrinkles are no problem
- Riding the bike? Check, just a few weeks ago and now mastering the skill!
Oh, and that banged up nose...results of a massive head-over-handlebar bike crash. The very next day we hopped back on the bike just to prove, "I can!"
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