Word is the most important word in each of our lives. It can be the tone. It can be an encouragement. However, it can be mean or hurtful. But, each child wants to be positive and uplifting in daily life. I have yet seen a child who wants to be treated mean. So be proactive in teaching your child how important the tone they use is. You are their anchor and their role model, use those powers carefully for that child will eventually be an adult using the words they learn at home.
Every word counts, whether it is a good word or a bad word. Be mindful how you use them on your child. But also be mindful how your child uses them every day with family and friends. Make a list of positive and encouraging words and put them on the refrigerator. However, on the back of that list make a list of negative and hurtful words that none of us should use. There may be days when any of us use negative words. But remember those words can never be taken back. So like my Dad always said, “Think before you talk.” It is a good life lesson. Because there are many days that we wish we would have not said something the wrong way. The tone of the word makes a difference also.
Being thoughtful before you speak and using a soft tone will go along ways not only at home but at school also. By the time your child gets into college or the workforce they will know how important they are and the tone. It only takes a thoughtless moment to hurt someone’s feelings. And repair for those hurtful may never be regained.
There will be days and we know what those days are like. But be the role model for your child.