I can’t honestly think of too many times when it is ok to turn a do into a don’t. Actually, it’s typically just the opposite, especially with children. When trying to help shape a child’s behavior or teach a child a value, it’s far more effective to use positive language. For example, instead of “don’t run”, it’s a better choice to say, “walk” (the do is implied, of course).
I feel strongly that we should all try to use "do statements" in both parenting and in teaching.
Nonetheless, I will break from my own advice for the #BlogElul post. The prompt may be "Do", but I'm turning your attention to "Don't" for the next four minutes. Once you watch this video called "Don't Limit Me", I think you will understand why.
With thanks to Cindy Barclay of Surprising Treasures for bringing this special video to my attention.