Sticks and stones can break my bones and words can also hurt me

As parents, we look back at our own upbringing and either repeat or repel what our parents did and said, convincing ourselves that we’ll be better parents. But our intentions don’t always land in the right place at the right time. Here are some common lines that fall flat: 1. What you should have done is… 2. If you’d listened to me in the first place that wouldn’t have happened. 3. What you need to do is… 4. That was stupid… 5. You’ll be fine! 6. When I was your age… All these styles of speaking to your child can leave them feeling insecure and creates beliefs and biases that can result in the very behaviours you were trying to eliminate in the first place. Instead: 1. Listen. 2. Acknowledge their feelings. 3. Ask them to provide a solution. 4. Discuss potential outcomes. 5. Reinforce your support. 

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