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So many of our hangups as adults come from the time when we were children. Remember when you were told “You have to . . .do your homework/take out the trash/be nice to your sister”? We get these tapes going in our heads that say “I can’t”, “It’s not fair”, or “I’ll never be able to”. Our children are in that very time and place where their tapes are being created. What if instead of negative tapes, we gave positive tapes. For example:

• “I have to take out the trash” becomes “I get to contribute to my family.

• “I have to get up in the morning” becomes “I have a whole new day to . . . “

• “I have to pick up my kids” becomes “I get to spend time with my children. Maybe we’ll have time just to talk while we’re in the car.”

• “I have to go to the gym” becomes “I get to take care of my body and have some fun at the same time.”

The language we use frames everything we do. It sets the tone of our life and determines our attitude. People who are incredibly successful talk about the passion they have for their lives. Oprah Winfrey says, “Follow your true passion.” Dusty Hill of ZZ Top says, “Concentrate on being great.” Robert Carl, 1996 Nobel Prize winner in chemistry says, “You have to love science passionately and have an itch to understand the natural world.” Isaac Mizrahi, fashion designer, says, “You must be unwavering in your determination, totally obsessed and 100 percent committed.” Tiger Woods echoes those words as he practices obsessively. Entertainers talk about doing it because you love it, because your heart is totally dedicated to the joy.

As we give our children wings with all these affirmations, also give them roots. In this season of beginning a new school year, give children a glory in their heritage. Assure them that their ancestors were magnificent people, and our children can climb on the shoulders of these giants. Positive talk makes a tremendous difference. Find the power stories that resonate with your child, whether it is of grandpa settling on the high plains, grandma who baked pies before she opened her restaurant, Rosa Parks who held fast to her dignity, or Neil Armstrong, who walked on the moon. Make your children’s baggage from childhood good things to take on their trip.