Parent-to-parent, I don’t have to tell you that our words of encouragement are an influence that hold more power than we know.
“And the tongue is a fire. The tongue, a world of unrighteousness, is placed among our members. It stains the whole body, sets the course of life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.” (James 3:6)
Our words can be a source of encouragement, or a source of destruction.
When it comes to molding young minds and loving our children well, one of the most common things us moms will beat ourselves up over, is the way we talk to our kids.
Maybe you feel like the only word that comes out of your mouth is “no.” Or maybe your morning routines have become a battleground for screaming matches that leave you feeling like a failure of a mom.
In those moments when you’re feeling like your words have failed you, know this: You are a good mom. Your child is not ruined or defined by this difficult moment.
Whether it’s words of frustration flying freely out of our mouths, or the overwhelming feeling of anguish, there are ways to redeem this moment with truth and love.
The way we talk to our kids has the power to rectify a situation. When we choose encouragement over anguish, and love over frustration, even our hardest days as a mom can bring glimpses of success.