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What Not to Say

9 Things Never To Say To The Parents Of A Newborn

Beau Coffron | Posted 04.07.2014 | Parents
Beau Coffron

Now that I have a 1-month-old child again, it has become abundantly clear that there are times when people just don't know what to say to me.

Oscar Winners: We Crave Genuine Gratitude

Suzette Standring | Posted 02.26.2014 | Entertainment
Suzette Standring

Oscar speeches and spirituality? Confession is good for the soul. At the annual awards, five little words set my teeth on edge, "And I want to thank," followed by the long, obligatory list of industry insiders. Just once I'd love to see someone get real about gratitude.

5 Things Not To Say To Your Partner About Losing Weight

Posted 02.16.2014 | Healthy Living

By Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD A scene in the fantastic film Enough Said made me laugh out loud and cringe simultaneously. Julia Louis-Dreyfus' charact...

Say This If You Never Want To Have Sex With Your Wife Again

Posted 11.20.2013 | Divorce

Ever think to yourself, "Gee, you know what would be great? Never having sex again!" Of course you don't. And that's precisely why you should wat...

5 Things You Should Never Say to People With Cancer

Sarah Hale | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Sarah Hale

I can't say that before my experience I would have had the right words for someone with cancer. But, having been the guinea pig about 18 months ago, let me share some wisdom of what NOT to say.

9 Things You Should Never Say To An Empty Nester

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 08.19.2013 | Fifty

There are just some things that are better left unsaid, especially when you're speaking to a new empty nester. A seemingly innocuous suggestion -- "wh...

16 Things You Should Never Say To A Tall Woman

Posted 08.08.2013 | Women

Lots of people feel entitled to comment on a woman's appearance -- especially if that woman happens to be taller than them. Just as skinny women ar...

What Not To Say To A Cancer Patient

Dan Duffy | Posted 09.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Dan Duffy

I want to share a few thoughts with those of us who are either friends or loved ones of cancer patients or caregivers. We know that you love us, and want to comfort us, and we love and adore you for it. With that said, we will tear you a new one for saying any of the following platitudes.

5 Things Parents Need to Stop Saying to Non-Parents

John Kinnear | Posted 09.12.2013 | Parents
John Kinnear

"You think you're [insert anything here]? Try having kids!"

22 Things You Should Never Say To A Skinny Woman

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 07.12.2013 | Women

Women of all shapes and sizes are (unfortunately) subject to judgment and scrutiny based on their bodies. We've written extensively about the very spe...

What Not To Say To Someone Who Is Gluten-Free

Posted 05.13.2013 | Healthy Living

May is Celiac Awareness Month -- and not in the "going gluten-free is totally in right now" way. While about a third of Americans say they are activel...

5 Things You Should Never Say To A Friend Who's Been Cheated On

Tammy Nelson, Ph.D. | Posted 07.03.2013 | Divorce
Tammy Nelson, Ph.D.

Your friend calls you in the middle of the night, crying. She sniffles and barely manages to say, "He did it again. He cheated!"

5 New Christian Cliches To Avoid

Christian Piatt | Posted 12.27.2012 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Since the initial series ran, I've been thinking about other things Christians often say that tend to do more harm than good. So here are a few more to add to the list.

The 4 Most Destructive Thoughts After A Breakup

Christine Arylo | Posted 11.30.2012 | Divorce
Christine Arylo

Do yourself the favor and banish the following misery-creating statements and stories from your mind. Promise never to say these things to yourself again.

The One Thing You Should NEVER Say To A Divorcee

Jennifer Nagy | Posted 09.25.2012 | Divorce
Jennifer Nagy

The end of a long-term relationship is horrible and devastating, but I don't believe that it compares to the emotional trauma of getting a divorce, no matter how long the couple has been together.

7 Things Never To Say To Your Divorce Lawyer

Henry Gornbein | Posted 08.01.2013 | Divorce
Henry Gornbein

I have specialized in family law for over 40 years. I have seen almost every possible scenario, and I would like to share some things clients have said to me that often are better left unsaid.