Maya Angelou in her interview on Oprah's Master Class explains how her mother's words empowered her. After feeling rejection as a small child from her parents, she realized her mother was much better at relating to her as a young adult. She said her mother's words gave her permission to be great. Her mother would tell her she was wonderful and going to do something great. Those words resounded with her throughout her life.
Give the children you know the gift of words. Words that empower...
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