Conversation Tools - Tone
It is a deadly sin in today's world of social media and blogging. This word can really affect how we communicate with our children, and if we do it, we run the risk of damaging the relationship and shutting down the conversation.
To pontificate is to express one's opinion condescendingly or dogmatic manner. The fact that we know more than our children doesn't impress anyone, and we certainly won't impress them if we pontificate to them. It isn't always in what we say, but how we say it.