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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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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