by Elizabeth Verdick
The older children get, the more words they know and can use—including hurtful words. The paperback edition of Words Are Not for Hurting is written for a time of growing vocabularies and increasing awareness of how much kind words matter.
In both English and Spanish, children learn that their words belong to them: They can think before they speak, then choose what to say and how to say it. The book makes the connection between hurtful words and feelings of anger, sadness, and regret. It introduces positive ways for children to respond when others say mean or unkind words to them. And it reinforces the importance of saying “I’m sorry,” two little words that can be a big help. Includes activities and discussion starters in both languages that parents, caregivers, and educators can use when working with children.