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One word, There is one word that makes parents (mostly mothers) everywhere cringe. It sets my teeth on edge, makes my blood pressure rise, and ignites my temper. A word that is innocently said everyday everywhere, but when said "that way" in "that tone" the meaning changes entirely.
A few days ago I was having a conversation with my third grader. When we were done, I asked her to clean up her room. That's when I heard it. When that awful, eye-rolling, word that I would expect from her when whe is a teenager came out of her eight-year-old mouth: continue
LOL! I totally guessed the word!
That word (in that context) is totally banned from our house. I even had to stop saying it. lol
That was the first word I heard from my oldest that made me cringe. I had the same reaction you did.
The other thing is telling the kids something, anything, and not getting a response indicating that they've heard me.