Common Sayings That Are Damaging Your Child’s Self-Esteem

As child psychologist Collett Smart asserts, what we say to our kids has the power to shape their views and expectations – and not always for the better.

From excusing bad behaviour to stunting emotional growth, the below sayings – all of which you’ve definitely heard, if not said before – can have a seriously negative impact on your child’s life, and damaging his or her self-esteem.

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Here, Collett explains why you should never use these common phrases with your child.

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