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    Default "I want the best for you"?

    Hi:
    What exactly does "I want the best for you" mean?

    When a mother says that to her child, what exactly does she mean?

    Is it like a cliche that doesn't really mean anything?

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    Default Re: "I want the best for you"?

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Quote Originally Posted by LeTyan View Post
    Is it like a cliche that doesn't really mean anything?
    Clearly it's not a meaningless statement. 'The best' could refer to anything, food, clothing, eductation, etc. It doesn't really matter here - it's just a general statement.

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    Default Re: "I want the best for you"?

    I wouldn't say it was clearly not meaningless. It clearly expresses a wish, but the motivation behind the wish - and indeed the existence of the wish - is usually a matter for some doubt.

    So a parent who says 'I want the best for my children' may mean anything between 'I'm a normal parent' (verging on meaningless) and 'I want my children to have and achieve and experience what's best for them'; their children usually think it means ' I want my children to do what I think will lead to the best outcomes for them'

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