“Hey Dad, listen! I can spell _____.” With every letter, my eyes got wide and my jaw dropped. I was pretty sure this colorful word wasn’t on my son’s spelling list.

We obsess with the words that come out of our kids’ mouths because words hold power. But there is another collection of “4-letter words” we should be paying just as much attention to that do even more damage. Here are things never to tell children in the form of seven 4-letter words.


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