The power of words

“From the moment a child begins to speak, he is taught to respect the word; he is taught how to use the word and how not to use it. The word is all-powerful, because it can build a man up, but it can also tear him down. That’s how powerful it is. So a child is taught to use words tenderly and never against anyone; a child is told never to take anyone’s name or reputation in vain.”
-Henry Old Coyote, Crow Tribe Author,excerpt from Respect for Life

 

G has been making excellent progress in his speech. Thanks to his therapist ‘Row-win’, G is beginning to put longer sentences together, saying new words, and is much more willing to attempt new sounds and form them into words. He is developing into such a cool little man, and his budding speech only adds to his tender, sweet, and very rambuctious personality.

 “Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul, health to the bones.”
-Proverbs 16:24

I recently made a list of all the new words and phrases that G has picked up in the last few weeks:       taco; Mel; hot cocoa; cold; shut; up; cut; outside; shoe; egg; bee; get; Amen; Bambi; books; do; bumblebee; coat; pants; stuck; muck; truck; right there; eight; tock-tock; ding-dong; door; home; knock-knock.  These may seem like ‘normal’ words for a 3 1/2 year old to utter, but for G, these are awesome advancements! The other day I made a mistake and G caught it. I was saying all the things you say to yourself when you’re mad at yourself, and G speaks up, ‘It’s alright, mom.’  I love it!

Words are the keys to the heart.”      Chinese proverb

Our excitement when G says a new word out of the blue is, I admit, a little over the top. Last night I was reading to G to put him to bed and J left the room.  J said ‘I love you, G’ just like he always does.  G replied, FOR THE FIRST TIME, ‘I love you dada.’  {Insert tears of joy coming from this overly emotional and overjoyed mother!} I cannot tell you how sweet that was to hear! In case you are wondering, he later said ‘I love you, mom’. {Tears, again}

“Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind.”
-Samuel Johnson

G’s favorite new phrase, after we explain anything to him…..’WHY, mom?’ LOL!

“Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them for a lifetime.”
-Dale Carnegie (1888-1955), American Writer, Motivational Sales Trainer

We are trying to encourage G’s speech in any way we can. Tips from ‘Row-win’ have really helped.  Simple things that really make a difference! Instead of letting him gesture or point to something he wants and then giving it to him, we now acknowledge that he needs something, state what it is that he wants, and then ask him to tell us what it is that he wants, followed by a ‘please’.  

Our philosphy on parenting is to never degrade our children. Even in upsetting times, we try not to say anything demeaning or that could put them down.  We are attempting to do the same with G’s speech.  We are trying to encourage and build up his confidence, build up his vocabulary, and build up his communication skills. We think he’s off to a great start 🙂

The G man 🙂

 

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