What Not to Say to Your Kids

It would be nice if parents and children were perfect. There would never be an occasion for parents to get frustrated with their children because their children would never misbehave.

Unfortunately, parents and children are human, and they aren’t perfect. When you’re a parent, and you get frustrated, you may say something to your child without thinking. The following are some things to avoid telling your kids.

“I wish you’d never been born.”
No child should ever have to hear their parent make this comment. Even if you’re so frustrated with your child you could spit sixteen penny nails, bite your tongue if you think you’re about to say this. Not only does this phrase hurt a child’s feelings, but it also damages their self-esteem and makes them feel they aren’t wanted.

“Hurry up, or I’ll leave you here.”
Children don’t understand the concept of time as adults do. If your child already has a fear of being abandoned or getting lost, when you make this statement, you will add to their concern. Try to find out why they’re lollygagging and do what you can to get them moving without causing them any fear.

“You never do what I ask you to do.”
When you make this statement time and time again, your child will soon begin to feel as if they can’t do anything right. They’ll begin to wonder why they should bother trying at all. Try using the phrase, “I would like you to do this in this way.” Be specific with what you want so they’ll understand and be able to accomplish what you asked.

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