Spreading Kindness, One Word at a Time: a tool for Building Better Youth

flaxenink
3 min readOct 26, 2023

In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, we often run errands, attend appointments, and juggling the responsibilities of parenthood. During one such visit to the dentist’s office, casual conversations with fellow moms turned towards the approaching holiday season. As we discussed preparations for Thanksgiving, Halloween, and Christmas, the atmosphere was cheerful and hopeful.

However, our dialogue eventually took an unexpected turn, leading us to reflect on a concerning observation — troubling trend: the decline of kindness and empathy among today’s youth.

The days of more compassionate interactions seem to be slowly fading. These reminiscences took us back to a time before the internet was widespread and the surge of digital communication — a time when families gathered around a single television set for evening entertainment.

It was at this juncture that one mom shared a disheartening story that shed light on the dark side of modern communication.

She told a story about a young person who got a disturbing message, saying they should kill themselves because nobody liked them. This incident showed how powerful words are and how they can affect young minds.

Though I am not an expert in this complex subject matter, I feel compelled to address the emotional toll such messages can inflict. It is entirely possible that the sender did not fully grasp the gravity of their words or the consequences of their actions.

In a world where instant messaging has become the norm, the importance of conveying empathy, understanding, and kindness may sometimes be overshadowed.

This incident forces us to consider the stark reality that words can indeed hurt, and the effects may be deeper than we realize. As we find ourselves in 2023, we must acknowledge the critical need for fostering a more positive and supportive environment for our youth. Our focus should be on encouraging open conversations about the weight of our words and the lasting impacts they may have. This, we believe, will help guide our youth toward a future where empathy and kindness are valued above all else.

Initiating discussions about the consequences of our words and messages is essential to educate both our children and ourselves about the power they hold.

This knowledge can pave the way for a kinder and more compassionate society.

Nurturing empathy and positivity in our youth can lead to a brighter, more harmonious future.

By sharing this message with other parents and caregivers, we hope to spread awareness and initiate conversations that can bring about meaningful change. Together, we can guide the next generation towards a world where words uplift rather than wound, where kindness is the prevailing sentiment, and where every individual feels valued and supported.

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