Reframing Made Ridiculously Simple

As a follow-up to our post a couple of weeks ago, It’s All In How You Look At It… , here’s the down and dirty on turning negative descriptions of our kiddos into positive traits.

How many times do you catch yourself blurting out something like, “She (or he) is SO … fill in the blank … difficult, stubborn, clingy, demanding, … whatever. The labels we give our little guys aren’t always adorable,  and the language we use to describe children’s behavior matters.

Consider the difference: Sara is SO stubborn! She digs in her little heels and that’s it. OR, Sara is so persistent! She keeps trying and trying and never gives up. See? It doesn’t feel the same. One is a negative judgement, while the other emphasizes the positive. Glass half full. How would little Sara feel when hearing one or the other?

Take a look at our list from the Spin Room, then add your own.

Bossy                     Natural leader

Clingy                     Affectionate

Compulsive         Pays attention to detail

Demanding         Communicates needs

Rigid                       Likes order

Manipulative     Knows how to get needs met 

Messy                     Creative, experimental

Nosey                      Curious

Impulsive              Spontaneous

Timid                       Thoughtful, careful

Loud                         Exuberant

Defiant                    Independent, exploring boundaries

Dramatic               Expressive             

Picky                         Discriminating

Quiet                         Reflective

Hyper                       High energy

Silly                           Playful

Dawdles                 Easy going

You get the gist, now add your two cents. Which behaviors could use reframing in your house?



























Email This Post Email This Post

Ellen and Rachel are two old friends and “expert” mamas—one a pediatrician and one a family therapist—with fifty years of parenting experience between them.

Warning: Illegal string offset 'echo' in /home/mamasonc/public_html/mama/wp-content/themes/hybrid/library/extensions/custom-field-series.php on line 157

Leave a Reply




With One or Both of Us

Go to & for the scoop!

Phone • Internet • Your Home or Group

Watch This!

We challenge you to keep from smiling when you see this!

What You Said

  • green tea shot recipe: The platelet accumulation in a body invitations varied coronary heart ailments by way of quite...
  • innovation synonym thesaurus: Previously the editor of innovation and design at BusinessWeek (and then at Bloomberg...
  • Daniel: Lovely email from Alice Nelson : I just wanted to say thank you so much to you and all at Margaret River Arts...
  • Yhang: I agree with Don’s post.The homeless sheletr siting is yet another example. Many of the town council...
  • electrician jobs in pretoria: An skilled electrician has many opportunities for advancement. One who works in...
  • Rachel B.: Hi, my 15month son woke up today & I noticed him rubbing his hands! So I looked & His hands they...
  • Sunny: Hi there! I just want to give you a hugge thumbs up for the great information you have got righgt here on this...
  • Arianna Erwin: I highly agree with this I see this happen all the time in school. I’m in the half popular crowd...
  • Rose: hi my 6yrs old son teeth come out before and now is coming out again am worried now
  • crystal ridley: you people are no help

Just so you know

The Mama ButtonThe information provided by MamasOnCall is not intended as a substitute for professional advice, but is for information purposes only. You assume full responsibility for the health and well-being of your family. Talk with your healthcare provider about any questions you may have regarding a medical or psychiatric condition.