Mum Amy Beth Gardner posted these wise words 2 years ago but we think they are worth resharing as every child going to school should remember this valuable lesson. Read One Mum’s Unforgettable Advice on How To Be Kind:
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Amy Beth’s daughter was about to start middle school and her mother surprised her with an unusual task. Here’s the original post:
My daughter starts middle school tomorrow. We’ve decorated her locker, bought new uniforms, even surprised her with a…
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And here’s the full text of what Amy Beth wrote
My daughter starts middle school tomorrow. We’ve decorated her locker, bought new uniforms, even surprised her with a new backpack. But tonight just before bed, we did another pre-middle school task that is far more important than the others. I gave her a tube of toothpaste and asked her to squirt it out onto a plate. When she finished, I calmly asked her to put all the toothpaste back in the tube. She began exclaiming things like “But I can’t!” and “It won’t be like it was before!” I quietly waited for her to finish and then said the following:
“You will remember this plate of toothpaste for the rest of your life. Your words have the power of life or death. As you go into middle school, you are about to see just how much weight your words carry. You are going to have the opportunity to use your words to hurt, demean, slander and wound others.
You are also going to have the opportunity to use your words to heal, encourage, inspire and love others. You will occasionally make the wrong choice; I can think of three times this week I have used my own words carelessly and caused harm. Just like this toothpaste, once the words leave your mouth, you can’t take them back.
Use your words carefully, Breonna. When others are misusing their words, guard your words. Make the choice every morning that life-giving words will come out of your mouth. Decide tonight that you are going to be a life-giver in middle school. Be known for your gentleness and compassion.
Use your life to give life to a world that so desperately needs it. You will never, ever regret choosing kindness.”
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Over to you now. What do you think of Amy Beth’s words to her daughter? What have you said to your child about how to be kind at school? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.