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The 7 Worst Mistakes That Parents Make When Talking to Kids

By Devan McGuinness |

7 Worst Mistakes Parents Make When Talking to KidsParenting is not the easiest job in the world. It’s a 24-hour job and it can get exhausting.

There are times that I really wish this parenting job came with a training manual or a how-to book, especially when the stress really hits the roof. I don’t want to “screw up” my kids, but do believe that with my underlying hope to do the best that I can, that even if I do mess up once in a while I will hopefully be forgiven.

It wasn’t that long ago that I was a kid myself and yet there are times I just have no idea who these little people are or what they’re thinking. It’s funny being on this side of it with the added stress of adult responsibility piled on. I am certain there have been more than a few handful of times that I have not approached a conversation with my kids in the best way and I have a feeling there will be a few times more. You would think that communication would be simple, yet it’s so complicated and even more so when you’re trying to raise a child to be the best they can be.

Click through to read 7 mistakes parents make when talking to their kids (me too):

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Mistakes Parents Make When Talking to Their Kids

Nagging

Every morning I seem to need to remind my son to refocus and finish his breakfast. There is a big time crunch and I find myself nagging him to finish his food. Turns out, this is not really a great thing. According to Time, doing so can compel someone to do the opposite and can teach kids that reminders will come, so no need to track time themselves. .
Source: Healthland Time
Photo credit: Brian Lane Winfield Moore/Flickr

Photo credit: adapted mikebaird/Flickr

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4 thoughts on “The 7 Worst Mistakes That Parents Make When Talking to Kids

  1. Sanford Hall says:

    Great piece, however nagging is priority, we just cant help it. For some reason we think nagging sends the message home.

    I always embrace my children, never a thing negative, I think it destroys a kid. I am here to love them and build them stronger not make them weaker.

  2. Erin says:

    I agree! I am 13 years old and my parents do most of this. It is so infuriating! My mom nags me all the time!

  3. kat says:

    Talking in a higher voice is much different than dumbing down. I completely agree that we should explain concepts to our children, however, that higher voice is recognized in all cultures (I think researchers call it “parentese”) and essential to communicating with very young people. I knew a mother who took that to mean that she shouldn’t interact with her baby and the baby had huge developmental delays.

  4. Libby says:

    Ok, I think ever since these “parenting books” came out that generation has gone down hill. There are better ways to deal with children besides a lashing but a lot of these things are putting the child in control of the situation. You shouldn’t have to “explain yourself” to a child. They should have enough common sense and respect to know better. If you ask them to do something they should do it. You don’t ask your boss why when they tell you to do something. Also if you are always postive and let them do everything they ask, they are not going to survive in the real world. They won’t know dissappointment or sadness. They will be shielded and expect everything to go their way. Then they will have a major mental breakdown when they realize society is nothing like the false reality you portray at home. We need to raise our children with kindness and respect we would like to be treated with but give them boundries and consequences. Otherwise it will be for nothing.

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