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  • The Power of Words: Why We Must Watch What We Say to Our Kids

    We usually say that actions speak louder than words - true, but our speech can also make or break our children.
    by Tina Santiago-Rodriguez .
  • Catholic Filipino lay preacher and author Bo Sanchez is another advocate of “programming” one’s life and influencing the lives of others through one’s thoughts and words. He even wrote an entire book about it titled How Your Words Can Change Your World. In Chapter 24, he specifically addresses parents: “If you don’t tell your kids who they are and what their destiny is, someone else will.”

    Sanchez expounds his message:

    “You can shape the destiny of your children, of your friends, of your loved ones by your words.

    Remember, if you don't tell your kids who they are and what their destiny is, someone else will. The television will tell them. The Internet will tell them. Bullies in school will tell them.

    Don't let that happen. Honor your kids!”

    On a related note, Dr. Susan Smalley, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus at the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA, wrote in an article for The Huffington Post about how words are “alive”. Titled The Power of Words, it explains that words spoken 3,000 years ago that were written down and passed through many generations may still seem quite “alive” when read or spoken today, “having lived 3,000 years.” We don’t have to look far to prove this — just look at historical texts like the Bible or the Koran, which date back to hundreds, if not thousands of years.

    Having established the connection between the words we use and the impact it can have on others, what can we, as parents, do now to make sure our words “give life”?

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