I am very aware of the words I use to communicate! Words can be hurtful when used to bully, or demean others. The effects can last a long time, and those words can never be taken back. Compliments or words of affirmation can boost a child’s self-esteem. What words do you use to compliment your son or daughter?
Giving a compliment is a learned skill. Children grow and develop when given specific compliments or praise; showing you notice their effort in school, sports, or with your family. Some examples of positive compliments include, children making their bed; or hanging clothes on hangers. Children can be recognized for helping to care for a sibling with kindness and patience. Youth who have made progress in their school-work can feel a sense of accomplishment when a parent expresses happiness for a grade received or the completion of a school project.
The old saying—“sticks and stones can break my bones, but words may never hurt me.” Couldn’t be farther from the truth. Words can hurt. Chose positive words wisely!