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25 Worst Things You Can Say to Your Kids

Best Life Logo By Ashley Moor of Best Life | Slide 1 of 26: "Think before you speak": it's sage advice for anyone, but indispensable guidance when it comes to parenting. Parents are a child's first teachers, meaning that what you say, whether it's loving praise, wisdom passed down to you from your parents, or an angry utterance spoken in the heat of the moment can have an indelible effect on not only their relationship with you, but how they relate to the world as a whole. In fact, research conducted at Ohio State University suggests that children tend to have sharper memories than their adult counterparts, meaning that your less-than-perfect parenting moments might just continue to play fresh in their minds years after the fact.If you're eager to raise healthy kids—particularly ones who aren't afraid to open up to you—it's important to choose your words wisely. We've rounded up the 25 worst things you can say to your kids, from the seemingly complimentary to the surprisingly cruel. And for more ways to up your parenting game, check out these 40 Lies Kids Say That Parents Always Fall For.

25 Worst Things You Can Say to Your Kids

"Think before you speak": it's sage advice for anyone, but indispensable guidance when it comes to parenting. Parents are a child's first teachers, meaning that what you say, whether it's loving praise, wisdom passed down to you from your parents, or an angry utterance spoken in the heat of the moment can have an indelible effect on not only their relationship with you, but how they relate to the world as a whole. In fact, research conducted at Ohio State University suggests that children tend to have sharper memories than their adult counterparts, meaning that your less-than-perfect parenting moments might just continue to play fresh in their minds years after the fact.

If you're eager to raise healthy kids—particularly ones who aren't afraid to open up to you—it's important to choose your words wisely. We've rounded up the 25 worst things you can say to your kids, from the seemingly complimentary to the surprisingly cruel. And for more ways to up your parenting game, check out these 40 Lies Kids Say That Parents Always Fall For.

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