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By Anne Russ

My six-year-old recently got in trouble for mouthing off to her teacher. Great. The teacher’s concern wasn’t so much about the behavior itself (although she certainly wasn’t thrilled about it), but that the conduct was so out of character for my daughter, who generally has a sweet disposition.

When I talked to my little darling about it, her response was, "I just didn’t know it would sound so bad until it came out."

Most adults are still learning that difficult lesson—particularly in regards to our spouses. Many of us (who generally have sweet dispositions) often say things that are hurtful to our partners and damaging to the relationship because we let the first thing that comes into our minds exit by way of our mouths.

Though there can be no exhaustive list of what not to say, here are five statements to bite back the next time they threaten to break the boundary of your lips and breach the ears of your beloved.

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