Every Word Counts


Words hold power. They can build you up. They can tear you down.


In TweedleWink, we can see how positivity affects learning. A positive environment maintains the alpha-wave frequency that is needed for optimum right-brain input and memory storage. But it's affects are deeper and long lasting, creating not only IQ but EQ and lifelong good health as well.


MASARU EMOTO, WORDS & WATER


You might be familiar with Masaru Emoto's work with frozen water crystals. Through a special type of photography, he is able to take pictures of water affected by both positive and negative words, thoughts and feelings. Water labeled with a positive statement, such as "I love you" creates a beautifully symmetrical snowflake-like pattern. Water labeled with a negative statement, such as "Go away!" creates a shattered, jagged appearance or hazy blob. Water reacts to words and emotion! Children do, too. And you don't need a microscope to see it. Here's how to make positive language an everyday parenting habit.


5 WAYS TO MAKE EVERY WORD COUNT


STEP 1: HOLD THE HIGHEST VISION


Words come from thoughts. Thoughts come from feelings. And our feelings come from our beliefs. So, as parents, in order to really charge our words with conviction, we need to hold the highest vision of our children. Do you believe your child is a genius? Do you believe your child is a remarkable child that will achieve wonderful things? Are you excited about who your child is now and what your child will become? If the answer is: YES, YES and YES, then you're on your way!


STEP 2: NOTICE THE LITTLE THINGS


Positive words can sometimes be EMPTY. Praise is more meaningful when it shows that you have paid attention. Did your son put his shoes away carefully? Did your daughter wash her plate? Observing and looking for positive actions create the fuel for meaningful praise. Abraham Lincoln once said, "If you look for the bad in people expecting to find it, you surely will." Likewise, if we look for the good in our children--and catch them doing things right-- their goodness will grow.


Here are some positive words you can use to rejoice in your child's SPECIFIC little victories:

  • Amazing

  • Astonishing

  • Awesome

  • Brilliant

  • Excellent

  • Extraordinary

  • Fabulous

  • Fantastic

  • Incredible

  • Marvelous

  • Outstanding

  • Remarkable

  • Spectacular

  • Super

  • Super-duper

  • Superb

  • Terrific

  • Tremendous