Things You Say That Can Screw Up Your Child

October 16, 2012

Do you use any of the following words when you talk to your kids?

  • “Good job.”
  • “No.”
  • “Say please.”
  • “Time out.”

If you do, you can be damaging your children.

In this week’s show, Today’s Parents speaks with author, interior designer, mother of two and founder of, Jennifer Lehr. Listen in as Jennifer talks about:

  • Why the phrases we commonly use such as “Good job”, “No”, “Say please” and “Time out” can be damaging to our children.
  • How positive reinforcement is incorrectly practiced by many parents.
  • What to say instead of “Good job”, “No”, “Say please” and “Time out”.
  • The most important thing parents should consider when talking to young children.

Click HERE to listen to the show.

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About The Guest

Jennifer Lehr is the author of the memoir Ill-Equipped-for a Life of Sex, an Elle magazine Must Read. She is a fellow of the artist colony Yaddo and has recorded for NPR’s All Things Considered. She has been a guest on news shows on FOX, Comcast and NBC. Ill-Equipped was optioned by Warner Brothers and she co-wrote a pilot based on the book for ABC. Her latest project “GOOD JOB!” AND OTHER THINGS YOU SHOUDN’T SAY OR DO (unless you want to ruin your kid’s life) is inspired by the work of the infant specialist Magda Gerber’s RIE Approach. Also an interior designer, Lehr lives in Los Angeles with her husband John and their two children.

To connect with Jennifer Lehr, go to the website at





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