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Jennifer Wolf

When Kids Say "I Hate You!"

By December 30, 2012

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Remember when your kids were little, and they'd be crying one minute and giggling uncontrollably the next? Using the words "I hate you" is a little like that.

An angry young boy.

"Hate" is a strong word, and the phrase is probably one that your kids use to intentionally push your buttons. They know, intuitively, how hurtful it is. In fact, they may be using it just to get your attention.

But it doesn't mean that they really hate you. So here's a tip: The first time you hear this phrase, imagine that your kids are writing it in pencil, not permanent ink.

For more on how to respond when your kids say the "h" word, read When Kids Say "I Hate You."

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