The other day, my teens were having a dispute. Unkind words were being thrown back and forth like ping pong balls. My otherwise amiable children were not being so amiable.
I was not happy.
I decided it was time to enlighten them on the importance of thinking before speaking, a valuable asset in the adult world.
I remembered seeing posters and images on the internet which said, “Before you speak: THINK.” THINK is an acronym for “Is it True? Is it Helpful? Is it Inspiring? Is it Necessary? Is it Kind?” That was just what I needed so I got to work to make my own poster for our homeschool room.
I opened up InDesign. I chose a cat font since my daughters love cats. I used it for the word, “THINK” and selected a different font for the rest of the poster. I laid out all of the text in various text boxes. When I finished, I printed it off and hung it up in plain view.
My daughters got the point.
The unpleasant word usage has been reduced. If it starts to rear its ugly head again, I just point to the poster.
Thank you, internet.
I thought that you might also like to have a THINK poster, so I created some free printables using a variety of fonts. (I love fonts!) Here they are.
UPDATE: Some of the fonts in these posters weren’t working so I made improvements using fonts that DO work. I also added a new Cheese and Mouse Poster for you to use. Enjoy!
Many thanks to Kimberly Geswein, Cara Carroll, and Jen Jones for your wonderful fonts.
Before You Speak: THINK – Free Printables
Here is the cat poster we have hanging up in our school room.
Cheese and Mouse Poster
Country Button Poster
Block Letters Poster
Patchwork Angels Poster
I hope these posters help your kids to think a little before they speak. 😉
I have MORE printable posters here that you might like.