"Yelling at living things does tend to kill the spirit in them. Sticks and stones may break our bones, but words will break our hearts...." Robert Fulghum
I heard someone say one time "how we speak to our children changes WHO they are!"
And it is true. As a parent of 4, I know how hard it is to not take our frustrations out on our children, or those close to us. But speaking unkindly or harshly to our children does nothing but instill fear, frustration and hurt in their minds, spirits and hearts.
Do you know what fear, frustration and hurt is the foundation of? ANGER!
And we wonder why our teenagers and young adults are so ANGRY!
Try not to speak to your children in harsh, hateful and hurtful tones. Even in correction and discipline, speak to them with kindness, patience and love.
Change who they are...for the better! Isn't that what parenting is all about!