Words matter. They do.
Your words form your child's inner hologram of the world and who they are within that world.
Your words can break a child's heart or her spirit.
Words linger. What you tell her now will be what she tells herself as an adult.
Your words can remind a child that she is awesome, sovereign, holy, whole and a gift to this world.
Please choose words that affirm and guide rather than label and control.
This powerful image brought tears to my eyes.
What words and phrases from your childhood haunt you?
Which do you remember with joy?
How do these words affect you now?
Please leave a comment.
This poem rectifies the lie of the old adage...
"Sticks and stones may break my bones
but words can never hurt me”
and this I knew was surely true
and Truth could not Desert me
But now I know it is not so
I've changed the latter part;
For Sticks and stones may break the Bones
But words can break the Heart
Sticks and Stones may break the Bones
and leave the Spirit whole
But Simple Words can break the heart
Or Silence crush the soul.
~ H. J. Warren
Art by Jenna Bromser
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