Speak Life | 31 Days: Day 17 | ImpressYourKids

SPEAK LIFE: {31 DAYS: DAY 17}

October 17, 2011 | Filed in: 31 Days | by Amanda

Did you know our tongues have the power of life and death? With our words we can tear down our children OR lift them up! It was a lot easier to control my tongue when my daughter was a little baby. But now that I have two kids and they have their own wills and own desires, it’s harder for me to keep my words calm, encouraging and constructive.

In the last few months I’ve heard people talking about how false praise can be detrimental to our kids. And at one level I agree. We don’t want to tell our kids they can do anything…when they can’t! BUT, I don’t want to swing the pendulum the other way and not encourage our kids with our words.

We’ve all heard the stories of broken children that are told, “You’ll never amount to anything!” or “I wish you were never born!” No one would argue that these harsh words can destroy a child’s self-esteem so much that it makes a huge and lasting effect on them. We know adults who look back on their childhood and remain bitter because of the negative words spoken over them.

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About melichte

Director of Women's and Children's Ministries at Taft Avenue Community Church in Orange, CA, and trying my best to implement and encourage Family Ministry concepts and approaches in all aspects of what I do.
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