Children will listen
You’ve heard it said that kids say the darndest things… but most of the time, it’s the parents teaching them to say those things in the first place.
Learning a language is one of the strangest processes on the planet, as any adult who has tried to learn a second or third language well knows. But as children, our brain has the remarkable ability to hear sounds and pair them with meaning that comes to form our understanding of the world. This complex gift sets us apart from all other life forms on the planet, even if we take it for granted.
While it’s oh-so-adorable to hear your child mutter those first precious words — “mama,” “dada,” or, in the case of a girl I know, “truck” — before you know it (if you’re not careful), they turn to some very different four letter words. And then your child’s innocence is lost forever.
Whether it was something they muttered under their breath, only to have their kid later parrot, or even if it was some bad advice they wish they hadn’t shared, these are the things parents most regret ever telling their kids.
Don’t talk the talk…
When my son was little (3) and an absolute terror, one time I pointed down a road that we never go down, and said, “That’s the road the bad kids go.” When he would misbehave I would say, “Do we need to go down the bad kids road?” And he would instantly get in line. Until he didn’t. Then I had to follow through with my threat, drive him down the bad kids road, and there was NOTHING THERE.
He must have been five or six at the time but even then the symbolism was not lost on him. Go down the bad kids road and nothing really happens… (estrogyn)
Mommy’s Little Accountant
When my daughter was around 8, I told her that a lot of the words that Daddy used were grown up words and that she shouldn’t use them herself. Then she worked out what they were, and she said that I shouldn’t use them either. I agreed, and in a fit of noble intention, agreed to the swear jar; a dollar a swear, to be all paid on her 18th birthday. I owe my 16 year old daughter about $14500. She has kept meticulous records, including a signed agreement from the year 2009. (imnotsurethatsnotok)
More funny than a regret.
One time I told my four year old daughter that I was making Mommy a cocktail because it would make her happy. now every time my wife gets mad the girl says, “Mommy, You need a cocktail.” (Fat_Panda_Sandoval)