“Words are like eggs dropped from great heights; you can no more call them back than ignore the mess they leave when they fall.” ― Jodi Picoult

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The power of words.

As this image came up when I was scrolling through my Instagram feed, I felt my heart sink.

This- the hurt that you see in the child’s face, the words coming out of the older persons mouth, how powerful, how true— how many times have I done this exact same thing to my children?

Guilt washed over me, sadness- and regret.

How is telling my child that I don’t have time for their bad attitude that they have, doing them any good.

How is it doing me any good?!

Reacting in this way not only hurts them- it hurts me.

I have time for their attitude.

When things get frustrating for them- I have time.

This is what being a parent means, to make time.

I always try to take a breath/moment or two before talking to my kids when a frustrating situation comes up for them.

I don’t always succeed in doing that every time.

But is what I am working on.

It is I that need correcting in attitude before I go to them and correct them.

I don’t want to burden their hearts and minds with memories of mom being short with them.

There is always a choice in having a loving attitude rather then a short temper.

“Words! What power they hold. Once they have rooted in your psyche, it is difficult to escape them. Words can shape the future of a child and destroy the existence of an adult.
Words are powerful. Be careful how you use them because once you have pronounced them, you cannot remove the scar they leave behind.”

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One Comment Add yours

  1. Brianne says:

    I feel the same too oh so many times. I have to keep this visual in my head.. Thank you for sharing Mama

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