ESL Vocabulary for Raising Children

English Expressions for Kids and Raising Children

Stay at home mom
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A mother who does not work. Her job is to stay in the house to take care of the small children.

“Before we had our son Sam, my wife was a teacher. She quit that job once we had him and now she is a stay at home mom.”

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To be brought up by
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To be raised and taken care of by a certain person.

“John’s mother and father died when he was three years old. He was brought up by his grandmother.”

To take after
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To resemble or have similar characteristics of one of your parents.

“Sally takes after her father. She is very smart and very loud!”

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To child proof the house
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To make the house safe for a small child by putting all dangerous items out of his reach.

“We really should have considered child proofing the house. Our little son drank some of the bleach we had under the sink in the kitchen.”

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To potty train
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To teach a child how to use the toilet on his or her own.

“Most parents try to potty train their kids when they reach three years old.”

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To tuck in at night
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To help a small child get into bed at night and to spend some time with him or her.

“I will be getting home late so I won’t be able to tuck in the kids. Tell them that I love them.”

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Toddler
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A small child between the ages of 1 and 3.

“Our little toddler runs around the kitchen in nothing but a diaper all day.”

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To be a role model for
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To display good and respectable behavior for your kids to see so that they will try to be like you

“Tom’s dad was not a good role model in the early years. He used to stumble around the house drunk and angry.”

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To spoil a child
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To give a child everything he wants and demands. This usually results in an ungrateful bratty little kid.

“My mother spoils the kids when they stay at her house. When they return to our house they think they can have whatever they want.”

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To throw a temper tantrum
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An outburst of anger and yelling that kids do to get their way.

“If Jason doesn’t get candy after dinner he throws a temper tantrum. I wish I could spank him myself, but his mom always beats me to it.”

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To ground your child
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To punish a child for bad behavior by not letting him or her leave the house for a certain amount of time.

“We grounded our teenager last week because she stayed out until 2:00 AM last Saturday night. She has to stay home for a month.”

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Terrible twos
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A period of time in a child’s life, usually around 2 years old, in which he behaves horribly.

“Things are not fun in my brother’s house. His little son is going through the terrible twos. He screams and cries pretty much all day and night.”

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Time out
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A punishment for a child that involves putting him in a quiet spot away from others. Children usually spend a couple of minutes here until they calm down.

“When my little daughter hits her brother I put her in time out for three minutes.”

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To grow out of
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To reach the age or maturity where you no longer display a certain behavior.

“My two brothers never will grow out of playing video games!.”

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Baby fat
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The thick fatty skin that little babies and kids have which they eventually grow out of.

“It is going to be a while before my son grows out of his baby fat.”

  • Conversation Activity for Raising Children
  • Script for English Conversation Activity on Raising Children
  • Listening Activity for Raising Children Vocabulary
  • Reading Passage for Raising Kids
  • Raising Children Vocabulary Exercise II
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