Experts Say Stop Telling Your Kids “Be Careful”

When you think about your day, do you recall saying certain phrases to your kids on repeat? In the course of a day, lots of parents shout things like “who did this?” and “no hitting” over and over, as well as “be careful.” And we say that last one so much because we’re just trying to keep our kids safe, but some parenting experts warn that may not be as helpful as we think.

They argue that constantly telling kids to be careful may keep them from learning how to take risks or make mistakes. “Taking risks means sometimes failing,” explains parenting expertJamie Glowacki. “If you never take a risk, if you play it safe all the time, you become afraid of making a mistake. You become afraid of failure.” And failure isn’t always a bad thing because getting out of your comfort zone can lead to success.

So what are we supposed to say to our kids instead of “be careful” on the playground? We’re not trying to mess with their development, we want risk assessment,and these alternate phrases encourage awareness and problem solving:

  • “Remember that … ”
  • “Notice how … ”
  • “What’s your plan … ”
  • “Do you feel … ”
  • “How will you … ”
  • “Can you see … ”
  • “Can you hear … ”
  • “Try using your … ”
  • “Are you feeling … ”
  • “Take your time”
  • “I’m here if you need me”

Source:Pure Wow

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