Weekly 3 Newsletter 9/3/20
1 Quote, 1 Thought, 1 Question
A little inspiration, a little education, a little thought provoking
“Labels are for filing. Labels are for clothing. Labels are not for people.”
~ Martina Navratilova – Tennis Champion
Labels have always bothered me… especially when they’re put on children. When we use labels like “ADD – Attention Deficit Disorder” or “ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder” we are setting kids up to believe they are broken, lacking or disadvantaged. This leads to shame and low self-confidence.
If we’re going to label kids why can’t we come up with a positive way to explain them, like “MFA – Multi Functional Ability” (or the adult version “Mother F*cking Able”)?
If people said a child has MFA, everyone would still understand that the child has a short attention span, however, instead of the the child giving up because they think they have a “disability”, they would believe they have a special “ability”.
This may also change the way others see and treat them. Perhaps they would be encouraged to use their short attention span to get a lot of things done or have a better understanding of what type of career would be best for them.
Words are powerful, let’s be more careful in how we use them.
What is a label that you use or hear that you would change and what would you change it to?
(ps – if you’d ever like to share your answers with me I’d love to hear them, just hit reply and shoot me an email)
Have a great week… see you next Thursday!