"I do not understand what I do.
For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do."
2012 is here. Many New Year's resolutions will be made and most broken. When I resolve to avoid dessert, chocolate is all I want- it's all I think about. Maybe sugar isn't one of your temptations but you can relate. Really...why is that? Answer: personal cravings, sinful nature. Rather than tell myself "no sweat treats" I need to adjust my thinking. "I'll have an orange for dessert" or "I can have dessert on the weekends." Telling myself what I can do is more effective than saying what I can't do. What I can't do, I want to do. Retraining the thought process renews the mind.
Happy New Year! (I think I'll go with the weekend option for dessert!)
Tell your children what they can do rather than state what they can't. Ex.: "Sit on the slide" rather than, "Don't stand on the slide." Or for the teen,"Drive the speed limit" instead of, "Don't speed."