Words to Parent By: 10 Words and Phrases to Use Once A Day


Words, while not concrete, have an immensely physical nature to them. They can bring us up or tear us down. They can educate us, they can persuade, and they can deceive. As parents, it’s your job to use these words and phrases to help mold your child/children into what you believe will be able to help move society forward.

You can use these everyday phrases to instill confidence, self-respect, and thoughtfulness in your children.

1. THANK YOU! It’s important to acknowledge your child’s efforts to help you or others. You might say, “Thanks for
helping me look for that missing sock” or “Thanks for setting the table; I got the salad made while you were doing
that.”
2. TELL ME MORE. Words like these show your child that you are listening and that you would like to hear more about
what’s on his/her mind. “Tell me more” encourages conversation without passing judgment or giving immediate
advice-two responses that discourage further communication from your child.

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