What Parents Say Vs. What Kids Hear

What weʼve got here is a failure to communicate.

1. “Grandma doesnʼt want to make a big deal out of her birthday this year.”

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2. What kids hear:

3. “Don’t tell your father how much I spent at Target.”

5. “Go to your room!”

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7. “Thatʼs it! I canʼt deal with you anymore! Just wait ʻtil your father is home!”

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8. What kids hear:

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9. “Itʼs important that you apply yourself in math class. One day when you have a family of your own and handle the finances youʼll thank me.”

10. What kids hear:

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11. “Come here right now!”

12. What kids hear:

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13. “Stop crying!”

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14. What kids hear:

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15. “I have asked you to clean your room every night for a week and itʼs still not done.”

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16. What kids hear:

17. “You’ve played enough video games for one day. Turn it off.”

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18. What kids hear:

19. “If you’re good you can have a cookie.”

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20. What kids hear:

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21. “I got us tickets to hear the Philharmonic!”

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22. What kids hear:

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23. “We’ll see.”

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24. What kids hear:

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25. “Back when I was a kid there werenʼt any iPads for us play with.”

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26. What kids hear:

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27. “What do you say we forget these chores and go get some pizza?”

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28. What kids hear:

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