10  Things Parents Say to Their Kids That Can Scar Them for Life

"Why can't you be more like your sibling?"

Comparing a child to a sibling or another child can create feelings of inadequacy and resentment.

"You're worthless/lazy/stupid.

Negative labels can become self-fulfilling prophecies, leading children to believe these things about themselves.

"I wish you were never born."

This can make a child feel unloved and unwanted, leading to severe emotional trauma.

"Stop crying, or I'll give you a reason to cry."

This discourages children from expressing their emotions and teaches them to bottle up their feelings.

"You're just overreacting!"

Dismissing a child's feelings or experiences invalidates their emotions, making them feel misunderstood.

"I do everything for you, and this is how you repay me?"

Guilt-tripping children can lead them to feel like they're a burden or that their worth is tied to how they "repay" their parents.

"You're fat/ugly."

Criticizing a child's appearance can lead to body image issues and lower self-esteem.

"You'll never amount to anything."

Hearing this from a parent can seriously damage a child's self-worth and hinder their ambition.

"Boys don't cry" or "Girls don't act that way."

Such gendered statements can force children into restrictive gender roles and discourage them from expressing their true selves.

"I'm disappointed in you."

1. While it's natural for parents to feel disappointed occasionally, constantly expressing this feeling can cause a child to believe they're never good enough.

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