Why The Phrase “Give Me One Second” is Dangerous

“Give me one second.” Anybody else hate this phrase? It’s one of my least favorite phrases in the world. Want to know why? Because it’s a lie. I’ve said it, you’ve said it, we’ve all said it. We even say it to our kids. “Give me one second.” How big of a letdown is that for a little child who thinks that it’s going to be one second and it could be five minutes? It could be 10 minutes.

I just think it’s a little sad that from a very young age we’re teaching our kids to listen to phrases that aren’t true. One of my favorite lines in any movie ever happens to be from Ace Ventura. ”If I’m not back in five minutes just wait longer.” Seriously. I love that line. Why? because it’s honest.

If we’re going to start teaching our kids lies from the get-go, we’re in trouble. Be upfront. Say exactly how it’s going to be, how long it’s going to be, etc etc. If you start them off on the right foot, the expectations will be how they’re supposed to be. Not what they think they’re going to be.

So think twice when you say something like “give me a second.” Because it ain’t going to be a second, so don’t lie.

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