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Thursday, September 18, 2014

The 10 Worst Things You Can Say to Your Children

What you say and do as a parent can have a tremendous impact on the development of your child. What they hear and observe in the home will shape their self-esteem, how they view the world, and how they view and interact with others. Positive words during the formative years are extremely important to the overall growth of your child.

According to early childhood educators and neurologists, the first eight years of a child's life are a critical time for brain development. Their environment during these early years will determine the direction of their brain development, including intellectual potential and emotional intelligence, or how they interact with others. It will provide a foundation for the development of emotional security.

What NOT to say to your children

Maureen Healy, an award-winning author and speaker on how to raise confident, happy and successful children, lists these 10 words that should never be used on children.

  1. Brat
  2. Defiant
  3. Drama Queen
  4. Hypersensitive
  5. Problem child
  6. Punk
  7. Whiny
  8. Wimpy
  9. Picky
  10. Crybaby

According to Ms. Healy, children build their worlds around the words they hear. In order for them to become positive children and adults, they need to hear positive words. Ms. Healy recommends substituting positive counterparts for every negative word. For example, instead of telling your child they are picky, commend your child for taking their time in making decisions, then work with them on becoming more comfortable in decision making.

As a parent, always remember that words can hurt deeply and cause much emotional pain. Work on making communication with your child positive to help them develop into positive and successful children, adolescents and adults.

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