The classroom gossip. The boy who never has a kind word to say about anyone.
The girl no-one trusts because she repeats everything she hears. If those words describe one of your children, it’s time to take a close look at the words YOU say.
Children learn what they live. Do we need more negativity, pessimism, cynicism in our society? What are we modelling with our language? Are our children hearing us criticise and gossip about our neighbours, relatives, co-workers, acquaintances? If they hear us engaging in this type of talk, they will tend to do the same.