“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” HA! I know all too well from personal experience and the tears that stream down my young clients’ faces this is unfair, and a blatant lie. Words cut through self-esteem, confidence, and joy creating a feeling of worthlessness, under appreciation, and pain. Why? (The answer is a whole other topic.) But why not as parents or care takers of children and our younger generation, shower them with positive words, instead of insults and criticism? Create an environment for cultivating a beautiful little person on the inside and out. See this video about how words affect a simple beaker of rice….
What kind of child do you want the responsibility for? Beautiful and positive (the white rice), dark and dead (the black rice), or simply rotting? You have a key role in young people’s lives and in those lives which you come in contact with every day.
As a parent, an adult, and as a human being, I am challenged to cultivate the individuals I cross paths with; using words to grow and build up children, clients, family, and friends.