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Here’s a great tip to stop bullying! Please share this powerful analogy about toothpaste with the kids in your life.
(Note: This photo and essay are from Amy Beth Gardner – who originally posted this on her Facebook page.)
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 my daughter 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 …
I quietly waited for her to finish.
“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’re 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.”
Please feel free to share this blog post and photo – with this powerful analogy about toothpaste and bullying.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR and PHOTOGRAPHER: This photo and essay are from Amy Beth Gardner – who originally posted this on her Facebook page. My friend Celeste Kenney shared it with me – and I loved it – so wanted to pass it forward.
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