I am a strong believer in the words you speak have the power of life and death. Even the Bible warns us about the power our tongues have and to be cognizant of what we say. I mean, there’s a whole verse about how a soft answer keeps the peace while a harsh answer riles up anger.
This means that our tongues and what we say is super important especially when comes to our children; believing in them and speaking life over them are essential to who they ultimately become.
A parent has to teach their child to believe in themselves, self-worth, self-love, confidence, reassurance, and self-esteem. There’s a positive way to do that and that’s by speaking positive words to them in all circumstances.
My mom and I have told my niece since she was about 2 years old, “You are kind. You are smart. You are important.” Yes, they are words from the movie, The Help, but that doesn’t make them any less true. Today, at 6 years old, she still repeats them to herself and we say them with her when she needs a reminder.
That being said, we know that words matter. They mean things. They are important. So, for those parents who are out there, please be sure to speak life into your children. Teach them to believe in themselves and that they can do anything they put their minds into.
Whew! That’s a powerful statement.
Negativity leads to depression, anxiety, and self-doubt, which are all very real. While positivity can go a long way to help stop them from spiraling. Positive affirmations are powerful tools as well.
So, please be kind, patient, and positive… b/c your children are watching, listening, and learning. ❤