Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Instead of 'words can never hurt them', tell the truth...

Instead of telling kids that only sticks and stones can break their bones, but words can never hurt them, we should tell them the truth.  Words 'can' hurt them.  Words are very powerful, and can lift or crush others, especially young people who don't have a solid sense of self yet.

Teach them empathy, and to use the words only in a loving way.  Words can help people achieve things they weren't sure they could, and words can bring people down to depression or suicide if their self-worth was already low.

Teach them that true power is in helping to build good, strong spirits, not to tear them down.

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