10 Worst things to say to your grandchild

Nov 4, 2009 at 4:20 p.m. ET

Make sure you memorize this list, so you don't get caught saying these things grandparents should never say to their grandchildren.

Crazy Grandmother

Slips of the tongue are a grandparent's provenance

'I agree with you, darling. I think a snake would be a wonderful pet. Don't worry, I'll talk to your parents.'

Regardless of the animal or reptile involved, you're on a slippery slope. Obviously you are being used as a flying wedge. Stay out of it.

'When you're in my house, you can do anything you want.'

This is a no-no, unless your grandchild is auditioning for the new reality show 'America's Dumbest Activities.'

'Mommy tells me she wants you to go on a diet. Really! You're not that fat.'

Okay to say to your evil co-worker. Never to your chubby grandchild.

'For a boy, you have the most beautiful eyelashes.'

Alternatively, if addressing your granddaughter, avoid saying, 'For a girl, you're really big-boned.'

'You know, your mommy and daddy used to drink a great deal when they were younger.'

If this were a football game the comment would draw a flag on the play. The offending grandparent will receive a 15-yard penalty and a possible season suspension.

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