1. ‘You’re A Bad Kid’
We’ve all been there. Your child is acting like an absolute nightmare, having a tantrum and throwing around whatever objects they can get their hands on. It’s moments like these that you’ll have your most negative thoughts about your kids, and it’s understandably difficult to not feel like your once beloved baby is actually a bad person. The desire to tell them this can almost be overwhelming, but it’s crucial that you hold back. Here’s why. Our assumption as parents (and adults) is that our child is misbehaving because they’re spiteful, and want to get a reaction from us. Although this can feel like the case, it certainly isn’t. Kids misbehave for a variety of reasons - often an overreaction, but never with any evil intent! So saying ‘you’re a bad kid’ can be extremely damaging, and could lead to them internalizing this message and suffering from anxiety and depression as a result.