Words Can Be CruelMany parents will tell you that they get very enraged when they hear of adults physically abusing children. Child abuse can leave both psychological and physical scars. Many of us have been or are guilty of cruelty in the words we use in anger toward our children. Some of these you might have heard: "You're pathetic. You can't do anything right!", "Get out of here! I'm sick of looking at you!", "You are more trouble than you are worth.", "You disgust me so just shut up!" Such unkind words abound throughout the world and can hit as hard as a fist. Children will believe what their parents tell them.
Such verbal outbursts are often the result of different kinds of pressures where we think we have to lash out at something. With the tough economic times I imagine there are more pressures than ever on families and children. Children are an easy target even if they have not played a role in the pressure on one's mind. The next time everyday stress and pressure begins to build up, stop and try one of these alternatives.