Self Confidence, Love, Safety, Intimacy, Knowledge
They Might Be Thinking:
What does it mean to be a man?
Is there really a God?
What should I be looking for in a partner for life?
What should I be looking for in someone to marry?
What are my views on politics?
I am scared to make my own decisions.
When should I get married?
What qualities should I be looking for in a spouse?
What does it mean to fall in love with someone?
Should I go to college?
How much money do I need to live the way I live now?
What will happen when I am on my own?
Words That Might Be Encouraging:
Focus on how your son achieved whatever he accomplished, vs. how closely his interests are aligned with your interests.
Always do your best...and you will never have regrets.
As long as you do your best, we will always be supportive of your decisions.
It's your life; we are just here to guide you along the way.
I am proud to be your parent, even on the days when you come up a bit short on achieving all of your goals.
I think your preparation went a long way to put you in position to win.
Always consider both sides of an issue before you make your decision.
Be willing to find the best way, instead focusing on getting your own way.
Listening is the first step to being understood by others when it's your time to speak.
If you want to get what you want, it usually helps if you try to help others get what they want.
You attract more bees with honey than vinegar.
Do unto others as you would like to be treated yourself.
Half of what you do is how smart you are; the other half is how you do it. You need both in equal measure to succeed in life.
Be specific with your praise beyond "great job." (I.e., I think you did a great job...listening to everyone's thoughts before making a decision.)
I am a big fan of how hard you work when you realize you are facing an important task that will require a bigger investment of your time and energy.
Words That Might Be Discouraging:
I will never forgive you for what you did today.
You should set a good example for your brother or sister.
I'm ashamed of you.
Don't worry; everything will be okay.
Here, I'll do it.
You should not be talking about sex.
You have to eat everything on your plate.
"Because I said so.
"If you don't clean your room, you'll lose privileges.
"This is terrible... the worst possible outcome.
"Come here, NOW!
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