Mum uses toothpaste to teach daughter a simple lesson, and her powerful message goes viral

Oct 31, 2018
09:10 A.M.
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Before her daughter’s first day of middle school, Amy Beth Gardner adopted a unique and creative method to teach her daughter about the power of the words we speak.


The proud mother shared the conversation she had with her daughter before her school and how she used a tube of toothpaste to give an important lesson about staying careful regarding the words that leave our mouth.

Of course, Gardner could have gone for a regular mother-daughter talk, but she wanted her daughter to receive a visual lesson that would leave an impact and stay with her for the rest of her life.

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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.

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.


Sometimes the best lessons in life are learned with a little bit of wit and relevant use of metaphors. Here is another story about a wife’s creative and hilarious method of teaching her husband the value of work and labor.

In another incident, a 12-year-old girl also came up with a creative way of teaching a lesson to her little sister’s bullies. After finding out about some girls bullying her little sister, she came up with a bold and classy move of inviting the bullies to a fake party.

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