We’ve all heard the saying that we should careful of what we say and do around our kids because they are always listening and learning from us. Well, that has never been clearer to me than it is right now.
Yesterday, my mom and I took the kids to the park. After a few minutes, I stopped to tell her that Samuel loves the bouncy bug the best. I said “he’s addicted.” Within seconds he started saying “I’m addicted, I’m addicted” and kept saying it!
I stopped him right away and said, “No, you’re not addicted. You’re not addicted to anything.” So this is a reminder to me that no conversation we have is private as long as our kids are around even if we think they can’t hear or understand. It’s also a reminder that we need to edit ourselves when our kids are present. Here are 5 things we should never do and say in our kids’ presence (or at all). Never:
- Say negative things about them.
- Say negative things about our spouses or our child’s other parent.
- Say negative things about ourselves (also important since this something many of us do a lot)!
- Use profanity.
- Use bad English because they’ll learn that from us too.