So often I hear mothers, usually single mothers, speak SO harshly to their children. "What's wrong with you!!!...You always doing something dumb!!!...That was so stupid!!! You look so ugly." - Saying things like this to your children will bring only death. Death to their spirit. Death to their love, trust, and admiration for you. Death to the atmosphere of your home, or of the atmosphere of the public place you are visiting. And death to your child's potential.
Mothers, SPEAK LIFE!
I understand that so often you are tired and frustrated because of the everyday dealings of life; but don't take it out on your child(ren). When they do dumb things...and they will; or when they do clumsy things - correct them with a loving spirit or ignore it until YOU can address it calmly.
Once again this is an issue of self control. Temperance (Galatians 5:22-23) Life will be harsh enough for them without us adding to its harshness. As the saying goes...if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all. That applies to us moms as well as children.
I'd like to take it a step further and encourage you to speak the Word of God to them. I am not saying quote scripture AT them. I am saying use Bible words when speaking to them. (ie Obey, be kind, was that a wise choice?, etc.) Let the Lord be our example in this area. Remember that He spoke the world into existence. I wonder what we could speak into our children if we purposed to do so.
Until next time,
Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. Proverbs 18:21