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Ill Effects of Saying Negative Things to Kids

Parents say negative things to kids often being unaware how hurt, angry or confused they could be after that. Read on to learn about the ill effects of saying negative things to kids and what should you do to avoid them.

Parents want to give their children the best they can and want them to become successful, well-mannered and satisfied human beings when they grow up. However, though unknowingly, parents say some negative things to kids during their early childhood or during the period of parenting, which causes more ill effects than parents could imagine of.

We all know that spoken words are irreversible and their power is incredible. This is the reason why motivational speakers continuously intend through their speeches and encourage speaking positive things. With children the problem is that they absorb much more than you might think. They do not just hear what you say but they observe your way of talking and internalize conversations.

Ill Effects of Negative Sayings on Kids

Learn about the harmful effects of saying negative things to kids.

Hurts Self-Awareness

Often when a child’s behaviour is not appropriate or according to the parent’s expectations, they give her a specific name like “problem child”, “devil child” or ‘saitan”. Although these names make parents laugh for some time, this has a very bad impact on child’s mind and even emotions. She starts believing herself what is told to her time and again.

It is recommended that parents should focus on the child and not on the problem during such situations. Child always wants to hear positive traits and her strengths more.

Hampers Self-Esteem and Confidence

Parents habitually generalize things and say – why does this happen every time or you do this each and every time.

Parents should listen to what the child has to say and make sure what exactly happened instead of generalizing the issue. If you point out your child’s flaws every now and then, your child will feel bad about herself. This discourages development of self-respect and confidence.

Self-Responsibility Gets Hampered

Small kids do not readily mix with new people or even children sometimes. Parents take this on their ego especially if the child does not follow their instructions in front of guests. They say negative things like “you are rude” or “you are not a good girl”.

Remember, self-responsibility occurs in children only when they are given free hand in making choices. If your child does not shake hands or say hello, you should respect her feeling. Practising such manners in front of children is more important than preaching as they imbibe what they observe easily than what they are told to do.  

Child is Left Confused

If you find inappropriate behaviour of your child in public and you spank or say things like you are a little monster, it leaves your child confused because she is not aware of the exact problem before receiving the punishment. Telling her that she is like a monster will instead support her behaviour and she will perhaps continue doing that.

Instead of relating your child’s behaviour to any negative thing, you should give her a choice and show her the limits, in case she has crossed one and hit another child or so. Allow your child to make her own decision to obey and stay in limits.

Parents should remember that words spoken in front of kids especially when they are related to the kid, make long lasting impressions. It is not just saying negative things directly to kids, but if they see you saying negative things or feeling the negative vibes, they will learn to react that way in life automatically. So, try to promote positive behaviours, beliefs and responses in your kids. When your child will hear that she is kind, smart, loving and helpful, she will inhabit these characteristics.

What are the effects of saying negative things to kids? How to avoid saying negative things to kids? What is the importance of saying positive things to kids? Discuss here.

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Barkha.2 years ago
Overall development of kids can be affected if they are continuously exposed to negative phrases.
Sneha.2 years ago
Saying negative things can lead to depression in kids.
Dhyaan.2 years ago
Saying negative things can have ever lasting negative effect on the minds of young children.
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