Raising children is never an easy thing – it gets more challenging as they grow and you just have to rise up for the occasion. If you don’t teach them well, then the world probably will and the results can be alarming.
As fathers and mothers, we all need to do our best to raise our kids right.
Emma Jenner, popularly known for her TLC show called “Take Home Nanny” revealed 5 common errors that parents make and then explained why we should all strive to avoid them.
Read on and learn:
- You always give in to every demand.
If you’re afraid of refusing your child, you may be doing the parenting game wrong. Studies show that parents who give in to their children’s every demand, perhaps out of fear that they will cry or get mad, are cultivating bad behavior.
Instead, teach them the virtue of patience and the importance of waiting. Besides, your child shouldn’t command you in the first place.
- You justify their misbehavior.
Sure, kids are kids and they’ll mess up one way or another. It is, however, important to distinguish the difference between an honest mistake and bad behavior. If you always justify and defend their wrongdoings, then you may be tolerating them and encouraging them to be irresponsible.
- You do not allow others to discipline your child.
Raising a well-mannered child isn’t exclusively your work. Your relatives, loved ones, or even school teachers can lend a hand. If you, however, instantly get offended when they help discipline your child, then that could complicate things a bit. Do not take it against them when they teach your kid but be sure not to tolerate bad disciplining methods as well.
- You are giving them excessive attention.
When it comes to attention, you have to give children enough without going overboard. While you need to provide for their needs, make it a point not to spoil them by giving them everything they want, as mentioned earlier.
Also, make sure that you reserve some time for yourself. Your children deserve the best but if you spend all your time and attention to them, then you might feel stressed and burned out in the end.
- You often resort to parental ‘shortcuts’
These days, a common mistake among modern parents is to go for parental ‘shortcuts’. The child is bored? You immediately give them a mobile device! They don’t give in to your demands? You yell so they’d obey you right away! It’s easier to do these shortcuts than to have meaningful conversations but the end result will not be pleasant.
Be careful not to fall into these errors if you want your child to be a good person in the future.