“Sticks and Stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me!”
This is a great saying to help children over come bullying, unfortunately this is not always the case. Words do hurt. They change the way we view ourselves, the world around us and the situation we are in. Whether they are yelled, said sarcastically, or whispered, the impact they have goes straight to the heart. This is hard concept for children to understand.
The other day, my son injured another child by accident, but lied about it when he was asked what happened. As the questioning got more intense and lies got bigger, my son’s choice of words became harder until he hit his breaking point and yelled ” I hate you”. This is not the first time he has uttered these words (and I’m sure its not his last!) and I know he doesn’t really mean it, he is just expressing his anger, but the truth is it hurt! To help him understand the impact of his words, I shared with him “WORDS by Lora Rozler”.
As a lonely letter embarks on its greatest journey to find meaning, it discovers it is not alone.
It encounters various letter combinations and soon learns the power it holds.
Confronted by two distinct paths, it must make an important choice.
I was recommended this book after a friend and I discussed her daughters problem with bullying. I had high expectations from her glowing review and wasn’t disappointed. This book was amazing. It appeals to both children and adults alike with a powerful message explaining the effect one’s words can have. The pictures are simple and in black in white, but the message it portrays is clear and meaningful.
I love the way the book takes you through the emotional journey of the letter “e” as he tries to decide which path he should take to his ultimate destiny. One is ‘demanding and harsh’ and the other is ‘inviting and mild’, both explore themes such as needing to belong, right vs. wrong, relationships and the power of words. This book brought on a complex yet compelling conversation with my children about how powerful words are and the impact that making the wrong decision can have on another person.
If you are looking for a book to help your child understand the impact of their words, the WORDS by Lora Rozler is the book for you! To learn more, visit her website or follow along on Twitter and Facebook.