There’s no such thing as a perfect parent. We’re all trying our best and taking this mom thing one day at a time. Some days are fantastic and some days are a complete failure. That’s okay, it’s going to happen. We are not perfect people. However, there are some things you are and are not teaching your kids that could be detrimental for them. They can be avoided however when you parent with intent. Here are 3 parenting mistakes to avoid.
- Letting them rule: Yes, I know you wear the pants in this relationship, no questions asked. But do you? If you find your child asking more than twice when you’ve said no or if it takes you more than a few times to ask them to do something before they do it. Are they laughing you off when you’re being serious? If this happened one time a month that would be different but when it’s every single day, multiple times a day, there is a problem that needs to be corrected and fast. Undisciplined children grow into troublemaking teens, there are no two ways about it.
- Too many options: This is exactly how it sounds. The world will not cater to your child. There will not be a plan B when they decide they don’t like how something works. So why are you setting them up for failure by giving them a way out when something doesn’t work?
- Withholding Important Info: Think your 10-year-old hasn’t heard the word sex before? Our society is obsessed with sex, it’s all over the news, tv shows, movies, schools and unfortunately your home. Your child has a brain and as their wheels begin to turn it’s your job to inform them correctly. Don’t you want your child to be equipped with knowledge? Imagine them being able to point out warning signs in a stranger that makes them uncomfortable.
Don’t be afraid to truly parent your children. The world has become too laid back when it comes to raising our youngest generation. They will one day have to take care of you and when that time comes you will want them to be mature, respectful, and knowledgeable adults. That starts with us as parents avoiding these common parenting mistakes!