How many times did you hear this as a kid? (To be clear "boy" can be easily swapped out for the correct gender pronoun)
"The boys on the playground are mean to you because they secretly like you?" OR "All boys want is to get in your pants."
I heard them several times each, and looking back these comments helped establish an unhealthy outlook on what relationships look like. I believed that if a guy is mean to me, that must mean he wants me to try to attach more, or tolerate the jerky comments in order to obtain his affection. Then later I began to believe that boys were to be avoided at all costs because they just want to use me... Wow, how confusing?
I've put some thought into it, and perhaps these revised statements may help send a healthier message:
"If the boys on the playground are mean, what away because you don't deserve that" AND "If a boy likes you, he will respect you and respect your boundaries."
These statements can teach children and teens that respect, self-love, and having personal boundaries are key components to having healthy relationships.