Worst Things to Say to Your Child

Family/ Parenting
By: EmmaRileySutton    
19-Sep-2010

Introduction:All "political correctness" aside, there are many things that a parent should never say to their child. These sayings can cause hard feelings, isolation and low self-esteem.

  • 01

    Shut Up

    Telling your child to shut up only tells your child that you aren't interested in what he or she has to say. "Not now" and "in a moment" are much better alternatives then letting your child think what they have to say is not important to you.

  • 02

    I Don't Care

    It doesn't matter what your child says or does, you should care. You should always care. By saying that you don't care, it can cause doubt in your child's mind if you love him or her.

  • 03

    Never Mind

    Not only is what your child says important to you, what you say to your child should be equally important. Never let your child think that because they missed what you said the first time, they aren't worthy of hearing it.

  • 04

    I Love You But

    Children need to know they are loved unconditionally. No matter what they say or do,they have to know you love them. By saying "I love you but," you are really saying "I love you with exceptions."

  • 05

    Don't Try

    Telling your child not to try something can cause them to develop a defeatist attitude. Even if your three year could not possibly ride a bicycle, let them try. Praise them for their attempt and let them know that they will get better.


Final Thoughts

Creating a relationship with your child that is loving and nurturing is much easier than you might think. Remember to be careful what you say. Some of the smallest slips of the tongue can cause problems as your child grows up.

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