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Between birth and three years of age alone, the human brain increases to 80 per cent of its adult size.

With this in mind, a large part of parenting is ensuring they are exposed to positive developmental stimuli – including what you yourself say.

But it’s one of the toughest gigs there are, and even the saintliest of parents has probably said or done something human which they’ve regretted.

There are challenges every day, wondering what you should or should not say.

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HERE ARE SOME TOPICS YOU SHOULD AVOID IN YOUR CHILDS PRESENCE:

Money Worries

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Conversations in front of kids must be simple and concrete, not angst-filled or uneasy. Instead of complaining of funds or financial challenges before them, you can simply say: “Money is tight, but we have what we need to take care of you.”

Big Discipline Decisions

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Presenting a united front preserves each parent’s relationship with a child, and it prevents her from playing one of you against the other. Set aside time to discuss important parenting decisions when the children are asleep.

Anything That’s a “Might”

Concerns About Your Child


Is he having trouble making friends? Is he still not reading? Discuss between yourselves or with the teacher or the school psychologist.

Issues You’ve Fought About Before


Learn from your mistakes! If you know that a topic is particularly touchy, make sure you talk about it when the kids aren’t around.

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