There’s an old saying that perception is reality.
For your first activity of our 7 day connection challenge, we’re going to consider your perception of your teenage daughter. Here’s how it works.
- Grab two pieces of paper. On the first, write down a list of the “negative” things you may think about your daughter from time to time.
- On the second piece of paper, make a list of the positive things you think about your daughter. Think of the times she’s made you proud, the times you’ve been so delighted to be her parent.
Once you’re done, you have two more things to do.
- Tear the negative list into pieces. Destroy it. Make it disappear.
- During the course of the day, take a moment to talk with your daughter about one specific thing (at least) from the positive list. (Don’t tell her about the negative list). Say, “I was thinking about how much I appreciate you today and this came to mind…”
If we perceive goodness, we will be grateful. Focus on what is good. And tell your daughter what you’ve seen.
(Oh, and keep the positive list. You’ll need it later this week.)