Stop saying that: tired parental expressions that need an upgrade

Some catch phrases just come naturally. But experts say there are ways to make them more productive for your kids. (Thinkstock)
How some phrases just need a modern update

wtopstaff | November 15, 2014 7:11 pm

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WASHINGTON — There are phrases your parents probably said to you that you in turn have been passed down to your kids. However, it’s time for an expression upgrade, according to Parents magazine.

While the same sentiments can generally apply, rephrasing some classic refrains and nuggets of advice can do a lot more to help kids develop into well-adjusted adults, experts say. lists the 10 Things You Should Never Say to Your Kids:

  1. “Great Job.”
  2. “Practice makes perfect.”
  3. “You’re okay.”
  4. “Hurry up!”
  5. “I’m on a diet.”
  6. “Let me help.”
  7. “Don’t talk to strangers.”
  8. “We can’t afford that.”
  9. “No dessert unless you finish your dinner.”
  10. “Be careful.”

Parents Magazine says for instance, the phrase, “good job” is too generalized. On the other hand, “Don’t talk to strangers,” might result in kids resisting the help of a police officer or firefighter. Instead, they suggested saying something like, “If anyone makes you feel sad or scared – you need to tell me.”

Meanwhile, “We can’t afford that,” just sends a message that parents are not in control of their money. Try rather: “We’re not going to buy that because we’re saving our money for important things.”

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WTOP’s Alan Etter contributed to this report. Follow @WTOP on Twitter and on the WTOP Facebook page.

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