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Posted in Toddlers on 30th October 2010

Question by Daisyhill : Where did the phrase “Use your words” come in relation to children ?
Whenever I hear Americans say that young children “Use the words” when the child is going crazy … Where does it come? I have to admit that irritates the heck out of me! Why not say “Calm down and tell me what is wrong” or “Calm down and tell me what you want” That’s what I tell my own children. Use “his words” is somewhat patronizing …. Best answer:

Reply by Jamie M
I agree. I am an American and that sounds stupid. When my son is being a brat and whining, I’ll tell him to calm down and tell me what is happening. Or simply say, “Quit whining. What do you want?” or even “I can not help when you’re acting that way. Now tell me what is wrong.” However, “use their words” sounds stupid. It’s like, duh.


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