Here is an excercise in teaching children the powerful effect of words....

 

Give them a tube of toothpaste and a paper plate....Then tell them you want them to tell you words that are not nice to say to your friends or that their friends say to them that hurt their feelings and squeeze out a little bit of the toothpaste with each word. Ready go....Stupid..(Squirt)..Dumb..(Squirt)..You can't play with us..(Squirt)....etc..etc...you get the picture right? Ok now tell them every time you say something nice that you should say to your friends put the tooth paste back in!!! I thought that was really something most adults should take the time to think about. After words are said they can't always be taken back. Not even after nice ones are said right after or even after someone might say O' just kidding. Words are more damaging then we might think some times. If you have children or teach children you should kind of look at it like their surroundings are always being recorded in a way. They are always watching and learning. Set a good example ;)

 

 

This was written by one of my good friends. She's a daycare owner and she attended a seminar this past weekend.  

 

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lradant
Jun. 3, 2008 at 8:47 PM Saw a mom do this on the show Wife Swap! It was hillarious. The looks on the teens faces when she said to now put it back in...priceless!  

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Jun. 3, 2008 at 10:07 PM

that is a beautiful exercise I think I'm going to print this off talk to my daughters teacher next year and see if she will do this if I buy all the toothpaste... wow I am so glad I read this I tell my daughters this all the time once spoken you can't take it back and even when you do its really hard to forget...

Thank you for this post beautiful...xoxoxo, Lisa

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Jun. 3, 2008 at 10:08 PM PS,,, I voted it popular I hope other will too,,,this is such a wonderful lesson that everyone can learn from...

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