The last one will really surprise you.

By Marisa Cohen
August 22, 2017

Let’s face it: All parents have conflicts, and we all say things that we wish we could take back. Just the very fact of raising a child together, with all the manic scheduling, compromising, and disciplining, is going to make you butt heads now and then. And of course, those conflicts do occasionally spill over into the living room or the kitchen table, where your child can’t help but overhear, even if it seems he’s more interested in his tablet.

“Kids are very sensitive, they’re picking up on what you are saying whether they seem to be listening or not,” says E. Mark Cummings, PhD, professor of psychology at the University of Notre Dame. He adds that arguing in front of kids is not necessarily harmful; it’s all about how you get through the argument and how you treat each other.

With that in mind, here are a few sentences you should delete from your script—especially when little ones are within earshot.

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