Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Labeling Is Disabling

Labeling a child puts your child in a box that is difficult for him to get out of.  Often, if a child knows he is labeled he won't try to do things differently because he knows that is what you and those around him expect. When you label a child, you don't see anything beyond the label. "Positive" labels can be just as debilitating as "negative" ones. For example, if a child is always told how good she is, she may give up who she is in order to be good. Or a girl who is told she is beautiful all the time, may learn to depend on her beauty and not develop her other talents to the fullest.

Remember to enter situations with your child with an open mind and allow yourself to see a different side rather than affix a label to your child.

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