The Power of Words when Talking to your Child
Our children want more than just presents; they need our presence in their lives. Do you know the importance of talking to your child? Well, I will be the first to tell you that the benefits are many. As parents, I want you to know that you should never underestimate the power of talking to your child and never forget that the things we say to our children can either make them or break them. I write to you as a teacher, a mother and a role model for many children who I taught. My experience has help me to understand the power of words and the impact that it has on our children today. You see, our children feed on what we say to them, and some of the times they turn out to be the exact person whom we said that they would become.
As an educator, I always tell my students that they are “superstars” and they can be anything they want to be. It encourages them to do the best that they can do. But, what if I was telling them every day they were “no good” or that “they will not become anything in life.” Do you think that they would have put out the same effort? Well, maybe a few of them would, but the majority of them would be crushed and demotivated. As parents, we need to put out the same effort. Talk to your children! Motivate them! Let them know that they are “superstars” and they can be anything that they want to be. Trust me, they will believe you. When children know that their parents accept and understand them, they accept themselves, and they understand what is expected of them and will behave accordingly. So parents, please encourage and support your child.
Often we look at the things that are happening with our children as it relates to the relationship with their peers, violence in school, teenage pregnancy, etc… And we bash them, we say that they are “bad” and they are disgraceful. However, the reality is that many parents do not sit with their child or children to discuss some of these issues, they do not educate them about these problems and their consequences. That is something that must be done so that our children know what can happen if they decide to take the wrong path in life.
There are many things that parent can say to their children that will break them to pieces. For example, “You are an idiot,” “You are not smart!” or “Why can’t you be just like your brother?” Parents please do not ever say these things to your child. These words can negatively affect your child. When children hear these statements, they grow up feeling as if they are “useless” and you find that these are the same children who make bad decisions in their lives.
Again let me remind you that words are powerful and it is very important that you talk to your child every day but do not forget that you should say positive things to them. Things that will motivate them, things that will encourage them and things that will make them grow. When all is said and done, we want our children to become the better members of society and “make this nation a better place to live, work, raise families, and do business.”
Susy Richards is a lovely mother of 3 girls (3 years, 4, and 5) and a simple woman who is ready to share her priceless experience with other mommies around the world. She is an Advanced Practice Provider who completed birth doula and postpartum doula courses at Childbirth International in 2013. She is passionate about providing holistic care and is involved in pregnancy research. Susy enjoys trips to the beach with her husband Erick, and spending time with family and friends. 😉 She is a fresh mommy blogger and currently publishes her articles concerning pregnancy on rocketparents.com.