Words have the power to hurt or to heal, to tear down or to build up, to change the way someone feels and to change the world.
Your words can have great impact on others and the world around you, but unfortunately, your emotions can lead you to say things you don’t mean or wish you could take back. Learning to pause and think about your words before moving them from thoughts to spoken words helps you to make different choices and choose words that better reflect your intention, your character and your values.
Teaching our children and teens to take a moment to consider their words before speaking, texting, posting, or publishing online is a good habit to develop. Whether it’s when communicating with friends, family, teachers, coaches, bosses ,or strangers, pausing to THINK before they speak is a valuable life skill that takes teaching, modeling, and practice.
So, before putting their words out into the world, teach your children to pause, relax, and THINK.
Remember, a single word can change everything. Be the goodness you want to see in the world.
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