My son's science book begins with an encouragement to the student to open his mind up to how fascinating science can be even though some people might consider science boring. It goes on to say the student will learn the history of science and history really isn't as dull as some might think.
My son was astounded to read that anyone could think these things because history and science are his absolute favorite subjects. I was dismayed to read them because he had never thought of the words "boring" or "dull" together with either of those subjects until that moment.
My beautiful freckly girl has never thought of her freckles as anything but beautiful until the day someone told her, "I don't care who doesn't like freckles, I think they're great!"
Just last week, everyone in my family heard that teens probably don't like hanging around their parents, but it is good for them to do anyway.
Wow. Thanks. A lot. Because my kids had no reason to dislike hanging around us until you just pointed out that maybe they should.
It really bothers me when good intentioned people don't realize the power of their suggestions, especially to children.
As an adult, I know that I can be influenced by the power of suggestion, and my children are even more vulnerable to this, merely by the nature of their maleable minds.
I think it is very important to examine our words and the power of our suggestions before we speak.