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The Doctor 2 kids; Whiskey Dick Mountain, WA, United States 59698 posts
26th Nov '12

We call DD Pants McGee and she gets really pissed about it. Do you think I'm doing permanent damage? :lol:

Ellie. 34 kids; Arizona 25371 posts
26th Nov '12

Some people dont like when I call my oldest daughter an a*****e... but.. she's an a*****e. lol

wilde_mommy 4 kids; Columbus, Ohio 3459 posts
26th Nov '12

I'll tell mykids they're being a brat, punk, or butt head when the are. I never raise my voice while saying it, I would never call them dumb stupid etc.

Sarah ♥ K&K 2 kids; South Land, CA, United States 119015 posts
status 26th Nov '12

:oops: I call my kid a brat, spawn, turd, and I tell him hes not being nice. I've never called him bad though, I dont want him to feel that he is bad just his behavior but thats just me.




I know I grew up being called worse and it did affect me for a while.

Kimber-lily Due September 27 (girl); 4 kids; Nova Scotia 28962 posts
26th Nov '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Man. Bear. Pig.:</b>" Some people dont like when I call my oldest daughter an a*****e... but.. she's an a*****e. lol"</blockquote>




Mine are a*****es too. :(

Crystallized Due February 24; 1 child; California 431 posts
26th Nov '12

There are too many variables in the situation that can influence the outcome. The child's personality, the parents demeanor, the family dynamic etc.



Personally, I hate to see parents constantly pointing out the negatives in their child's behavior to begin with. My parents were the kind of people to always make sure you knew when you were "annoying", "being stupid", "getting on their nerves", etc., but they would never tell you when you did anything positive. Those are the kinds of children who end up far more damaged from their parents "name-calling". Encouragement goes a long way.

The Doctor 2 kids; Whiskey Dick Mountain, WA, United States 59698 posts
26th Nov '12
Quoting Crystallized:" There are too many variables in the situation that can influence the outcome. The child's personality, ... [snip!] ... Those are the kinds of children who end up far more damaged from their parents "name-calling". Encouragement goes a long way. "


I agree, but there must be a balance. Too much encouragement can be just as detrimental.

s00nt0b04 Due April 23 (boy); 3 kids; Louisville, Kentucky 477 posts
26th Nov '12

I tell my kids lots of things like they're acting like babies or being butts things to that nature. I do not like it when parents call their kids stupid or dumb asses or worthless. I will tell my children they did do something dumb and explain why it was dumb and why they shouldn't do that.

Rain (aka Mama) 3 kids; Monroe, Georgia 6487 posts
26th Nov '12

I don't like name calling in that way at all. I've told my son "You're being bad" or "You're being a brat" if he's not behaving. "You're acting like a baby"



But I'd never say "You're a baby." or "You're bad." I hate that. HE isn't bad. His ACTIONS are bad, and actions can be changed.



I have no problem with terms of endearment though. "baby" as a petname isn't the same as using it in a mean way.

. , Richmond, VA, United States 74771 posts
status 26th Nov '12

I don't see how it couldn't be detrimental. It's all about how the child perceives what is happening I guess. If it's something you say jokingly and your child knows it then no big deal. If you're pissed off and can't control yourself so you call your child names then yes I would say that would definitely have some type of negative effect on the child.

TheNuge 1 child; Pennsylvania 23055 posts
26th Nov '12
Quoting Conservative MAMA:" I over head a father at a birthday party yesterday "name calling" his 5 year old. What is your thought ... [snip!] ... self esteem as modern day psychologists make it seem? Does it matter how frequent a parent name calls a kid? Just curious! "


lol. how can it be damaging to tell a kid who is being annoying that he/she is being annoying? I think a parent must be aware of how and when harsher words are used, but i think they can be very good tools when used appropriately.
They are around annoying behavior with their friends and they should not be "shielded" from appropriate criticism of their own behavior when warrented. They should have a good example from their family on how and when to call annoying friends on their annoying behavior.

Olivia Foxworth 3 kids; Albuquerque, New Mexico 4184 posts
26th Nov '12

I tell my kids to quit being annoying when they are, I tell them the are acting like fools when they are.....



I also call my littlest one stinky pants, as a term of endearment.....I call my son weirdo and my oldest pretty much anything that comes to mind...... I get the MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM response from here....They'll live

Supafly★ 2 kids; Poland 14109 posts
26th Nov '12

I have told my 3 year old he's being bad or annoying before. I responded to a post similar to this a few months ago and a girl told me that's emotional abuse. I pretty much LOL'ed.
My father did and still calls me Baby. He's also very touchy-feely. It's just the way he is. I'm not as affectionate but I don't think it's wrong at all.

LolaMcKitten Due May 30 (girl); 27 kids; Beverly Hills, California 15496 posts
26th Nov '12
Quoting Man. Bear. Pig.:" Some people dont like when I call my oldest daughter an a*****e... but.. she's an a*****e. lol"


Lol, that sounds like me and my mom. We would constantly go back and forth calling each other a b***h or say "you're being such an a*****e" - and sometimes she meant it and a lot of times thats just how we communicated and showed affection.

LolaMcKitten Due May 30 (girl); 27 kids; Beverly Hills, California 15496 posts
26th Nov '12

When my son actually misbehaves, I let him know the type of behavior he is displaying. If he is being annoying, I tell him he is being annoying. If he's being mean, I tell him he's being mean. If he's whining, I tell him he is acting like a baby.



But when he's good or does something out of the ordinary in a good way (like helping me pick up dishes after dinner or helping me put clothes in the dryer or giving daddy an extra hug because he doesn't feel good) I tell him that was nice of him and that he's being a big help - you can't be negative ALL the time, but there isn't harm in telling a child how they are acting, how else will they know that that behavior isn't acceptable?