- Jul 29, 2014In the merit of this learning may all of the soldiers of the IDF and all of the people of Israel be blessed with complete safety, health, and only revealed good. May all of the injured soldiers and civilians be blessed with an immediate refuah shleima bitoch she'ar cholei yisrael.I
A child's self-image throughout life is greatly dependent on the messages their parents continuously give them. If these messages are that the child is capable and basically good even though they have some faults, the child will believe that they can accomplish what they need to accomplish and will generally feel
about themselves. If, however, a parent frequently gives the child negative messages, the child is likely to suffer from this throughout life. It is amazing how many parents who sincerely love their children give them a barrage of critical comments. They keep on pointing out this fault and that mistake. They do this so often that without realizing it they are giving the child a negative
The laws of ona'at devarim, causing pain with words, apply even to parents when they speak to their children. When it is necessary to correct a child, a parent is obligated to do so. But even then the parent must be careful with their approach. Strategy is necessary, not insults and put-downs.
(The Power of Words by Rabbi Zelig Pliskin)
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