Updated: Oct 18, 2022
“I’d feel less worried if you can do revisions more proactively, like you sister!”
We may think that we have shared our feelings in our everyday life. However, some expressions would actually make people more disconnected and away from each other. They are what we called “the 4Ds”:
Labelling, making comparisons and judgments
Example: “You will just keep failing if you remain so lazy.”
Not seeing and accepting other people’s feelings and thoughts
Example: “You’ve grown up so you shouldn’t cry! You should be embarrassed!”
Causing people to obey by making them feel guilty or shameful about themselves
Example: “We’re not taking you out tomorrow if you can’t finish all your homework by today!”
Highlighting a person’s responsibility and that they “should” do something in order to make them do it
Example: “Being a student, you should be studying hard and finishing your homework.”
Using the 4Ds to communicate with children, they would easily feel that they are being criticized and unloved. This will eventually make them not willing to express themselves and communicate further.
Have you ever experienced these? We encourage you to pay more attention to your communication habits and think about what you really want to say when speaking with the 4Ds. Next week we’ll continue the sharing on why children stop expressing themselves to their parents.