The Power of our Words is such a big topic that I am splitting this post into 3 so we can digest it slowly and together. It is an important topic to grasp because our voice is more present in the lives of our children than any other voice (especially when they are young). Let’s get started with Part 1:
Has this happened to you? Maybe your jelly ends up in the cupboard and peanut butter in the refrigerator. Or maybe you’re not paying attention at all when your cell phone ends up in the freezer. Oye! We KNOW the power of our thoughts to move us in the right (or wrong) direction, don’t we?
Think about this – really think about it before reading on. Where does our self-talk come from?
But remember? It is our job to give our kids a solid foundation. Can we do them a favor by intentionally giving them words of encouragement, love, truth, instruction and grace? I will be suggesting three ways to plant seeds of good thoughts in the minds of our children. Today I will cover just one:
Instruction comes in many forms. We can tell our kids what NOT TO DO or we can tell them what TO DO. When I say “Don’t SPILL your milk”, the dominant thought in my child’s head is SPILL. What will she move towards? You have it right… SPILLing her milk.
What will set her up for success? Words that focus on POSITIVE INSTRUCTION. “Use both hands sweetheart” or “Remember to place your cup in the center of the table”.
By telling our kids what to do, they are not focused on the many ways they can screw up; they are focused on the ways they can succeed.
Stay tuned for Part 2!