We all (those of us who are parents) want to be better parents. Part of good parenting is being able to effectively communicate with our children, particulary in moment of correction. Learning to appropriately respond to correction may, for our children, mean the difference between a wise life and a foolish life. How we communicate correction to them will significantly impact their ability to handle correction.
I found these suggestions in this blogpost at DesiringGod.org. It is originally intended for fathers, but the wisdom of these words are good for all parents. Try to consider these good words next time you find yourself needing to effectively communicate with your children:
Don't waste words. Don't add a lot of apologies or unnecessary detail that make you look timid.Don't threaten.Be clear about expectations. When you tell someone, especially a child, how to behave or what to do, make sure you both are very clear about what you expect.Be clear about consequences, particularly if your expectations involve an area with which that child has struggled in the past.Take clear, decisive action. . . .
Of course, just like your kids, you will fail to do these things sometimes... When you do, admit it and move on!