Reckless Words Wound Kids

Today we continue our look at Dr. Ted Tripp’s great advice for parents, regarding the common communication pitfalls we so often fall into with our teens. Dr. Tripp reminds us that reckless words are extremely harmful, not only to our communication, but to our relationships with our kids. The book of Proverbs tells us that reckless words wound like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Dr. Tripp tells the story of visiting with a couple one night in their home. Their daughter came down the stairs dressed like a streetwalker. The father snarled, “Where do you think you’re going dressed like that? You look like a slut!” She said, “I’m going out.” And she went out the door. The dad turned back to continue his polite conversation. Should the dad have been concerned? Yes. He had to say and do something. But his words were reckless and destructive. That father didn’t speak with the wise tongue that brings healing. Parents, do you use reckless words with your kids?