Quotation by Mary Kay Blakely

Certainly, words can be as abusive as any blow. . . . When a three-year-old yells, "You're so stupid! What a dummy!" it doesn't carry the same weight as when a mother yells those words to a child. . . . Even if you don't physically abuse young children, you can still drive them nuts with your words.
Mary Kay Blakely (20th century), U.S. journalist, essayist, author and mother. American Mom, ch. 4 (1994).
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