Before bed last night, I stumbled upon this list of 64 positive phrases to say to children, although I believe it applies to everyone. I fell asleep feeling bad that I am not giving my children enough confidence with my words.
“Your words are powerful.”
The words above continued to ring through my ears, heart and mind as I tossed and turned most of the night.
This morning I repeated this new mantra to my children a few times and we discussed examples. We agreed sometimes we say something quickly that flies off our tongue and may be forgotten about by us, but can be remembered by someone else for days, weeks or even years. (I shared some stories about how I am still scarred by mean girls in six grade.)
Thinking before we talk is important, although hard especially in overwhelming or stressful moments. I hate to think of times I have made negative comments to my children, husband, friends and family.
Here are a few other positive statements, that I plan to use today and moving forward.
- Someone else’s poor behavior is not an excuse for your own.
- When you make a mistake you are still beautiful.
- Your ideas are worthwhile.
Do you think about the words you say? Do you hear yourself making negative comments? Do you have a mantra that is helping you this week?
Stay in touch by liking Ups and Downs of a Yoga Mom on Facebook or type your email address in the box below and click the “create subscription” button. My list is completely spam free, and you can opt out at any time.