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Principal’s Newsletter September 19
My Words, Their Words
I believe that the single most effective way to be kind is to use our words. I also believe that words can also be a source of anxiety, fear, and hate.
Monitoring our own speech is the best way to help our children speak to one another with kindness and thoughtfulness. Just like learning to dance, play an instrument, or even read, kindness takes practice. Using kind words intentionally, even in frustration, can be a tool that we are passing on to students that helps them navigate through tough times effectively.
I do continue to hear foul language on our yard, and have even heard it among the youngest in our school population. Let us all remember that, while we have no control over media, and its use of language, we do have control over how much is exposed to our children.
Here are some questions around words that you might want to consider:
1. In what ways might my child be exposed to language that is inappropriate for his/her age?
2. When exposed to this language, am I speaking to them about why this language should not be used?
3. Is there a way that I can reduce the amount of hateful language that my child might hear in their day?
The answer to some, if not all of these questions might be clear when you think about the myriad ways that children are exposed to language every single day. Children are talking with one another, listening to music with words, reading information, texts, and other sources, and being influenced by media in ways we only dreamt of in our youth. Constant reminders to practice kindness, and modeling kindness in our own speaking is key to helping them to socialize in a caring and thoughtful way.
I plan to keep on speaking to people with intelligence and respect; to practice and build my skills in kindness. If we all become intentional about our words of kindness, these words become their words. What a wonderful world it could be.
“Kindness is a language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”