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    Quote Originally Posted by sparklebug View Post
    I think it's not ever excusable, as adults we can control our actions much better than a child can.
    Realistically I think we all lose our sh*t sometimes, at least I know I do, but even in the heat of the moment I just could not excuse saying I hate you to a child. Words are so powerful I make it a point to never say to my kids your terrible/naughty/bad, but rather that what they're doing is naughty or whatever.
    That's exactly how I feel. I was being bullied as a child and confided in a teacher she gave me the whole sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me spiel. That's one of many reasons I go out of my way with my child to make them understand the power of words

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    Quote Originally Posted by witherwings View Post
    I don't think children should be punished for saying words.
    I disagree. We don't 'punish' so much as enforce consequences, but words are extremely powerful.
    There was a kid in my Year 5 class who tried to kill himself because the other kids were always saying they hated him, and his family probably hated him.

    Words hurt. Kids need to learn that.

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    We talk a great deal with our kids about the power of words. Hate is a very strong word which I personally try not to say. It's not a word used much in this house, and if one of our kids does say it, we discuss whether it's really the right word choice for the situation. This doesn't just apply to the word hate. We also talk about using extreme language - this ALWAYS happens, I NEVER get to blah blah etc. It can catastrophise things unnecessarily.


 

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