Mom uses tube of toothpaste to teach her daughter an important lesson about the power of words
Amy Beth Gardner decided to teach her daughter, Breonna, the power of words before she began her first day of middle school and she had a unique method to do this.
The doting mother took to Facebook to share the important lesson and the method she adopted in explaining the value of it to her daughter so that more mothers could impart the same wisdom to their children.
Gardner could have gone for a simple mother-daughter talk, but she wanted to teach her daughter with a strong visual lesson that would stay with her for the rest of her life.
First, the mother asked Breonna to squeeze toothpaste onto a plate. When her daughter was finished doing this, she requested her one more thing. She asked her to now put the sticky paste from the plate back inside the tube.
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Breonna was understandably surprised and simply accepted that she could not do that task. But, of course, the mother already knew that.
She only intended to use the squeezed toothpaste as a metaphor for the words that leave our mouth.
‘You will remember this plate of toothpaste for the rest of your life. Your words have the power of life or death. As you go into middle school, you are about to see just how much weight your words carry,’ she told her daughter, as written in the Facebook post.
She further explained that just like the toothpaste, one cannot take back the words that leave our mouth. So one must use their words carefully even when others are misusing their words.
She also advised her daughter to use her words to be gentle and compassionate and to utter only ‘life-giving’ words from her mouth. ‘You will never, ever regret choosing kindness,’ she concluded her post.
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