Standing in line at school registration today, I was reminded of how much sting some words can have. Kids not wanting to see certain kids, how much they don’t like someone. I was glad to hear that many of them have no problem speaking ‘real’ with their friends while parents are present. Even engaging some parents in their conversations. The shock was they knew how to talk to each other and adults without the presence of a cell phone!!! LoL I was, however, on my cell phone checking emails and listening to those around me for blog ideas.
Words can be as damaging as a physical altercation. Sometimes even more so. Most of us have learned over the years what should or shouldn’t be said. This applies even more so today with social media. Once it is sent, it is out there forever. Words, photos and videos, meant in fun or to be private, can end up on someone else’s social media quicker than ever.
As we send our future back to school, remind them to choose their words carefully. Consider how hearing something nice makes them feel. And if you don’t have something nice to say, smile and nod.
Activity: Gather a plate (paper if you don’t do mess clean up) and a travel size tube of toothpaste. Have your child squeeze all of the toothpaste onto the plate. Once they have done that, ask them to put the toothpaste back into the tube. They may get some back in there, but definitely not all. Left with a mess. Use this example to explain that anything they say or put out there, can never all be taken back. Don’t forget to find me on Facebook @GeminiMom.me