Don't be fooled by little ears — though they be small, they be fierce. All I have to do is whisper the word "candy" and my kids will come running from 100 yards away. The same goes for those little brains rattling around in those cute little noggins your kids are sporting. Their gears are always turning, and the bits of information they pick up from overhearing you talk can have some pretty serious results. Even what seems like everyday chats can be conversations that you don't realize hurt your kids.
It may seem difficult to restrict all adult topics to a time when they kids aren't around to overhear, but it's beneficially to keep certain subject matter out of a child's earshot. As psychologist Marlin S. Potash told Women's Day magazine, "you shouldn't have adult conversations when your kids are around and then try to convince yourself that they're not listening or don't understand." Although kids may not grasp all the details of the situation, they can pick up on the vibe that something is wrong. Furthermore, they may allow their imagination to fill in the blanks of the parts they do not understand. This is a slippery slope that can lead to feelings of anxiety and stress in little ones.
The effects of your adult talks on young ears have more impact than you realize, so make sure to avoid these conversations you don't realize are hurting your kids until your babies aren't around.