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Parents should never make negative comments about their child's appearance or intelligence
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Doing so can lead to decreased self-esteem and feelings of worthlessness.
Parents should not use phrases like “because I said so” or “you have no choice” when talking to their child.
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It sends the message that their opinion is not valued.
Allowing children to make mistakes, instead of constantly pointing out what they did wrong,
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This crucial for their development.
Parents should create an environment where their child feels safe making mistakes.
Comparing a child to someone else – like a sibling, classmate, friend, etc – is never helpful.
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This type of comparison reinforces competition which can breed insecurity and even resentment between members of the family.
It’s important for parents to remember that statements such as “You can do anything you set your mind to” may sound inspiring but they don't always work.
As they require unrealistic levels of determination and hard work.
Saying things that lead a child to believe they are not capable or will never be successful should also be avoided at all costs.
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These types of statements can cause feelings of inadequacy and discouragement that could last into adulthood.
Parents should encourage children to express themselves openly without fear of judgement or criticism.