SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue
There are just certain things that parents should never say to their grown children. Ruth Nemzoff, resident scholar at Brandeis University and author of "Don't Bite Your Tongue: How to Foster Rewarding Relationships With Your Adult Children," makes the point that parents transgress the bounds of how we should be talking even before our children grow up. "We fantasize that we can say anything we want to our kids, but the truth is, we never could," she argues. And, as both we and our kids age, our blurt-it-out tendencies seem to grow worse.
This list is meant to help you avoid uttering those unintentionally hurtful things I've heard parents say over the years, and to offer some less offensive alternatives. (And just for the record, I've said most of them myself.)
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