Adults need positive guidance, too!
My child development students are learning the importance of positive guidance. Young children respond best to postitive statements because they offer guidance and direction.
Which sounds less agressive: “Stop running!” or “Walk please!”
Asking a child to walk gives direct guidelines to acceptable behavior. Words like stop, don’t, no, and quit make children feel defensive or aggressive.
Use positive guidance statements when talking about your frugal lifestyle. It makes frugality seem more abundant and exciting than depriving. You will offer encouragement instead of judgement.
From browsing the Internet I see that adults can benefit from positive guidance statements. Using words like giving up, quitting, or stopping fuel the argument that frugality is dull and boring. Surely that is not what you want to portray.
Don’t buy new clothes!
Check out thrift shops for great deals and to reduce your carbon footprint.
Don’t go out to eat!
Cook meals at home to get the most from your food dollar.
Don’t use a dryer for your clothes!
Save money and energy by hanging clothes to dry when you can.
These comments are each very different but send the same message. Which do your prefer to hear?
It’s earth day! What positive guidance statements can you offer to encourage others to reduce their carbon footprint?