Do You Know The Most Powerful Word You Can Say?
What is your name? When we hear our name we feel a sense of ownership, a feeling of “Hey, that’s me!”
It is very important to use a persons name when you are saying hello to them. I have been trying to teach my kids this lesson. I find myself trying not to get frustrated as I say over & over, “Honey, did you say hello to Mr. Brown?”.
Remember a time when your child’s name was not called? Do you remember how it made them feel? We had a recent episode where my son came to a practice and the coach forgot to add him to the roster for that day. My son said, “they don’t even know my name.” I felt so bad for him, my heart just dropped. Has this ever happened to you?
Challenge your children to say hello and use someone’s name when they do. Tell them it will encourage the person and make them feel special. Make sure you are practicing what you preach. (I know my mind struggles to remember why I just went into “the living room”, but try this and your child will learn from you.)
Hopefully this will help your child remember that it is not “all about them!” Everyday we can encourage and lift someone up just by saying their name.
“Encourage one another and lift each other up.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11
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Equally important, the few times I get to hear my daughter call me daddy. It was a long struggle to get to know her and I was always ‘the other guy’, so she calls me Mike. It’s tough to realize it’s not her fault… particularly when she asks me (on occasion) why she has two daddies. I refuse to lie to my daughter, but it’s hard to stick to “I’ll always be your daddy no matter what” without saying “he’s not your real daddy” (heaven forbid I talk about biological parents). And sadly, in my ex’s house, his name IS ‘daddy’ and she’s not allowed to call him anything else. Oh, the conflict of not bad-mouthing him and her mother sometimes. But I’ve found a huge hug and a kiss and an “I love you” soothes the anger inside while strengthening the bond my daughter and I have now… particularly since her name is Isabelle Shyann LINDSTROM now. (proud daddy moment).
Wow that is tough. It sounds like you are loving her with all your heart. You are doing the best thing you can do for her. I pray blessings on your family.