Sticks and Stones can break my bones,
but words can actually destroy me.
Our children listen and watch. The way we speak about other people, issues, or living things; our choice of words, tone, and body language, will be picked up and mimicked. Adults are models for children.
“Say lovin’ words” about other people’s circumstances and about the beautiful world we live in. Be careful about grown-up issues that are too developmentally intense for children and do not speak about them when they can hear. Be careful how you speak in front of your children.
I have observed preschool girls stand with hands on hips, whispering and pointing at other little children and shun.
I have observed children say a parental script exactly down to the tone it was presented.
I have talked children back in to enjoying something in nature that was told by an adult was dirty, ugly, gross, or boring but when returned to their natural earth connection which is their birthright, they love it and love learning about it; such as holding and reveling in worms.
The world is harsh already. Teach children to use words which contribute to a better place to live for all living things and allow them to be loving humans by you leading the way.