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15 Things Moms Should Never Say


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Mom, your words have power. In fact, they have so much power they can actually give your children a better life. The right powerful words — wise words — can make your children feel accepted, confident, and loved. {Tweet  This} That’s a lot of power! And, I for one need it.

That’s why I wrote the book, Wise Words Mom: What to Say to Raise Kids Who Feel Accepted, Confident, and Loved.  I’ll tell you more about the book in minute, but first, let’s look at some of the things moms should never say to their kids. As you look at the list, remember that it’s not only the words we say, but the tone of voice we use when we’re saying them.

And if you’ve said some of these, don’t be too hard on yourself. You love your kids, and that will help you do better. Here are those 15 things moms should never say.

  1. You’ve ruined it!
  2. You have no self-control!
  3. You still don’t get it?
  4. What’s wrong with you?
  5. How many times do I have to tell you?
  6. Can’t you try harder?
  7. Why can’t you be more like _______?
  8. You are so disorganized!
  9. You’re just not good at _________.
  10. You embarrass me.
  11. You always _______!
  12. Why can’t you ever remember your ______?
  13. You’re going out looking like that?
  14. What’s your problem?
  15. I give up on you.

Just reading those words makes me sad. Find out how to do better in Wise Words Mom: What to Say to Raise Kids Who Feel Accepted, Confident and Loved for the powerful and wise words that will give your kids a better life.

Here are 5 more things to not say to your kids.

What’s the last great parenting book you read? We’d love to know!

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  • Ginny

    Becoming the parent God wants you to be by Kevin Leman… My husband and I are reading it now with a small group from our church. I highly recommend it!

    • Libby

      Thanks for the recommendation, Ginny!

  • I grew up with this one…did a lot of damage…”Why can’t you be like your sister?” Still hurts. I always thought I got the leftovers of my parents because I was always compared to my siblings when I messed up or didn’t achieve like they did. I know that affected my emotions growing up.