powerful words

15 Things Dads Should Never Say

Your words have power. In fact, they have so much power they can actually give your children a better life. The right powerful words—wise words—can make your children feel accepted, confident, and loved. That’s a lot of power. Unfortunately, the wrong or unwise words can make your children feel the opposite.

Let’s look at some of the things dads should never say to their kids. As you look at the list, remember that it’s not only the words we say but the tone of voice we use when we’re saying them. And if you’ve said some of these, don’t be too hard on yourself. You love your kids, and that will help you do betterHere are those 15 things dads should never say.

  1. You’ve ruined it!
  2. You have no self-control!
  3. You still don’t get it?
  4. What’s wrong with you?
  5. How many times do I have to tell you?
  6. Can’t you try harder?
  7. Why can’t you be more like _______?
  8. You are so disorganized!
  9. You’re just not good at _________.
  10. You embarrass me.
  11. You always _______!
  12. Why can’t you ever remember your ______?
  13. You’re going out looking like that?
  14. What’s your problem?
  15. I give up on you.

Have you ever said any of these? Me too. Remember, being an All Pro Dad is not about being perfect, but always working to get better. So keep getting better in how you love and speak to your kids.

Sound off: What are some things you think kids need to hear from their dads? 

Huddle up with your kids and ask, “Is there something I say to you that you wish I would stop saying?”