Saturday, April 14, 2007

Metaphors for success

Appreciating metaphors is something that grows as we age. Small toddlers, or older children with autism spectrum conditions, may find metaphors completely incomprehensible.

Rather than letting your kids just pick up lots of negative metaphors, like for instance "life is an uphill struggle," or "money doesn't grow on trees," why not make a game of playing with positive and empowering metaphors. If your kids don't understand metaphors yet, they may find the simplest ones hilarious. If they are more sophisticated then you can discuss more advanced metaphors or play games to see who can come up with the funniest (positive) metaphors.

How about:

"Life is a piece of cake - chocolate cake!"

"A good idea is like a seed - plant it and it will grow into a mighty tree or a beautiful flower."

"Life is a bed of roses."

I'm sure you and your kids can think of loads more empowering metaphors to enrich both your conversations and your life!

Happy parenting


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