4. Watchful of Words

Be mindful of the way you describe your children, especially to their face. Words like โ€˜prettyโ€™ and โ€˜sweetโ€™ for girls and โ€˜strongโ€™ and โ€˜handsomeโ€™ for boys can instil in them from an early age the kinds of things that they think they are supposed to be, and the kinds of characteristics that they are supposed to have. This is a mindless way to put pressure on youngsters, especially if they start to feel different to the ways you have described them for their entire lives. Use complimentary words like kind, intelligent, friendly, smart.

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