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Can't Never Could

Can't Never Could

A couple of years ago while talking to my husband I said the words, "I can't." I don't remember for the life of me what I was referring to, but I do remember that he was very serious when he said that was not a phrase he wanted me or either of our boys to use. Ever. 

Well...so...that's easier said than done. Just while typing this I had to be careful not to write, "I can't remember for the life of me what I was referring to...." How many times a day do you use the word can't inadvertently? I can't reach the box on the top shelf. I can't find my keys. I can't make it to the birthday party. Taking this phrase out of your vocabulary causes you to truly analyze what you actually mean, what you are capable of and how to turn obstacles into opportunities to be resilient and resourceful.

Try using these phrases instead. I promise you'll notice a difference in how you approach things a simple as opening a jar. 

Using these phrases acknowledges hardship without admitting defeat. 

  1. I'm having trouble...
  2. It's hard for me to...
  3. I haven't learned how to...(yet)
  4. I need help with...
  5. I'm trying to figure out how to...

It's a small thing really, the elimination of one little word. We always say that we want our children to believe they can do anything. Start by teaching them how to think positively. 

Whether you think you can or whether
you think you can't, 
you're right.
~Henry Ford

Do What I Mean, Not as I Say

Do What I Mean, Not as I Say

Screen Time Doesn't Have to Be the Enemy

Screen Time Doesn't Have to Be the Enemy