Have you ever noticed how honest, thoughtful words of encouragement change things?
On television Mister Rodgers took the time to speak kind words to his audience. He told children they were special and helped them learn new things.
In the movie Overcomer (by the Kendrick Brothers https://www.overcomermovie.com/) we see a young girl transformed as she starts recognizing who she is because of true words.
True, kind words are like water. They offer refreshment.
Years ago, my mentor teacher showed me the importance of leaving a thoughtful, encouraging note. Before big tests she would place a note and small, edible treat at each desk. We are told that testing on an empty stomach negatively impacts results. Beth also knew that testing with constructive words in view would positively impact how children responded to their tests.
Your words have so much impact. You are daily making a difference in your child’s life. What you say (and what you choose not to say) matters. It is a blessing to see so many parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and extended family members taking the time to be there for their children. That includes eye contact, listening, and positive words.
Go to Learning: Tools and Ideas for some notes that you can use as ideas or print out to give some extra encouragement to young people in your life.
You are a blessing!
You are a masterpiece!
This world is a better place because you are here!
I’m so glad you are my child!
I’m so glad you are in my class!
I’m so thankful for you!
What words of encouragement have meant the most to you? Why?
Who will you choose to share a word of encouragement with this week?