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You’ve probably heard the old saying “Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words shall never hurt me.” Although words may not have the power to cause physical harm, they can cause harm in less obvious ways. Words have a profound influence on opinions and behavior on both conscious and subconscious levels, and this is especially true for impressionable children learning how language works. Even though calling animals “it” and using phrases like “kill two birds with one stone” might seem harmless, they’re examples of speciesist language, which teaches children that other animals are less important than humans and undeserving of kindness and respect. Calling animals “he,” “she,” or “they” and using kind phrases like “feed two birds with one scone” expresses the same ideas without the unkind imagery and harmful implications. That’s why TeachKind created “Words Matter: A Language Guide for Teaching and Raising Kind Kids” to help teach children about the power of words and the importance of using kind language for all.

This guide is full of helpful information for educators, parents, and guardians on how to navigate away from harmful language and teach children that words matter. You’ll find inspirational and thought-provoking quotes, ideas for kind language activities, other free resources—like animal-friendly versions of nursery rhymes and songs—a sneak peek at our animal-friendly idioms, and more!

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