Friday, 1 July 2011

Sticks and Stones May Break Kids’ Bones but Words?

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What will ‘bad’ words do to the kids?
Yes, exactly!

These words WILL cause grievous hurts!

More often than not, agitated adults hurl words like these at an innocent child:
  • What a slob!
  • You’re stupid!
  • You’re worthless!
  • You’re despicable!
  • I wish you’re never born!
  • You good for nothing! Just shut up!
Coming from a trusted adult – a parent, teacher, favorite aunt, grandma, these words can hit as hard as a fist. Though no bones are broken, they leave severely unpleasant emotional scars. They are abused emotionally. These irreversible damage left the child feeling unloved, unsafe and not worthwhile.   

These poor kids may act out their emotional abuse by being emotionally or physically abusive with their friends. They would pose  great problems to their parents and teachers. They can be the bully of the classroom, yelling, scuffling and tumbling with others.

Words, in reality invoke wounds that last for a very long period. Thus, whenever your daily pressures mount up, instead of lashing out at your child or posse, try these...
  • Press your lips together. Breathe deeply.
  • Smile broadly at other adorable faces.
No matter how much anger is building up in me, these are most of the words that I use, be it with own flesh and blood or my little pupils...
  • You’re great!
  • You’re adorable!
  • I love you!
  • I’m happy to have you (in my class)!

Give it a try! Take time out; don’t take it out on your kids!

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