Theme for August: Communication


 “He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity.” Proverbs 21:23

Mom’s Musing: It’s all in the tone. Words themselves don’t carry a lot of weight. The tone attached to them however sends a powerful message. I wonder how many misunderstandings have been caused by tone-related situations. When pressed for time I can go into business-like mode; giving a short, crisp response to an inquiry. The efficiency I hope to gain is slowed down by the need to explain and reaffirm.”No, I’m not mad at you. Just in a hurry. I didn’t mean to sound angry.”

Parenting Tip: Convey your message with a loving tone the first time. This way your words will not only be effective but will end up being efficient, too. (I need to remember this!)

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Lori Wildenberg is a licensed parent and family educator, parent coach, and co-founder of 1Corinthians13 She has written 6 books including Messy Journey: How Grace and Truth Offer the Prodigal a Way Home; The Messy Life of Parenting: Powerful and Practical Ways to Strengthen Family Connections; and her most recent book, Messy Hope: Help Your Child Overcome Anxiety, Depression, or Suicidal Ideation. Contact Lori for your next event or for parent consulting or parent training courses. Lori can also be found mentoring over at the MOMS Together Group on Facebook.

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