Words can leave a lasting effect on a child.
Parenting expert Kirsty Ketley says parents should be mindful of what they say, as the effects may not be seen on the surface, but could do lasting harm to a child. The biggest thing to remember is not to invalidate a kiddo’s feelings or thoughts.
These phrases are the ones Ketley says must never be used:
- Don’t be silly
- You’re stupid
- Big boys and girls don’t cry. This one is super damaging
- Give (family member) a kiss (or hug). Let the child decide.
- You’re a little chubby. No comment to a child on their weight should ever be used