An Australian parenting guru has revealed why you shouldn’t be saying ‘be careful’ to your child when they’re doing something risky and what to say instead.
‘It might get them to stop, if it doesn’t go over their heads, but it doesn’t help them understand why or how they need to move safely,’ she wrote.
Nicole, a baby, kid and teen physiotherapist from Perth, has revealed why saying ‘be careful’ to your kid when they are taking risks is not a good idea and shared some phrases to use instead
Nicole said saying ‘be careful’ could cause a child to get scared or ignore you.
‘Most kids will either a) get scared, have totally no idea and avoid anything risky (not super for development) or b) just completely ignore you and may end up hurting themselves,’ the physio said.
She suggested some alternative things to say to draw attention to the child’s body, environment, potential…