Imke Delara. kids. April 28th , 2017.
This is tricky, because there are also terms which might be considered mild by some, but which are actually put downs that I believe you need to address. When your child says, That's stupid, to you, make no mistakehe means you're stupid. And by the way, when you tell your child That's stupid and he says, Don't call me stupid, I dont think you should try to play some word game with him. If you say, Well, I didn't say you were stupid, I said the behavior was stupid, your child is going to see right through that. My advice is, don't use the word stupid in a sentence when you're dealing with your child unless you want him to feel stupid. There are plenty of other words that are not demeaning. And by the same token, if your child says, That's stupid, you dont have to say, Are you calling me stupid? You can say very clearly, There's no name calling around this house. I believe there should be a consequence for name calling. Set limits on it very clearly and hold your child accountable. Every time he says the word stupid, to someone in the family, for example, he goes to bed 15 minutes earlier or has 15 minutes less TV time. He should be held accountable from the get go.
In a management survey I read recently 88% of people who left their company said they didnt receive enough acknowledgement for the work they did and felt unappreciated. I found that percentage to be staggeringly high but not really a surprise.
When I was a child, I eagerly awaited the mail from far-away places where a pen-pal lived. Now my kids can interact spontaneously and simultaneously with friends and family all over the world. Sadly, this also means it will only take a few seconds for a predator or scam artist to interact with your child also and you cannot watch every moment.
Consider the fact that there are computer sex offenders that looks for victims in chat rooms. There are also criminals who seek children as their victims in order to commit identity theft. They first befriend children and gain their trust. Once this happens, they will be asking about personal information about their parents and sometimes, they may even ask about credit card information.
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