- Recent research shows how toxic parenting creates entitled and self-centered children.
- Experts shed light on the common parenting mistakes we should avoid in order to raise kind and empathetic children.
Understanding “parenting mistakes”
We are familiar with the old saying “There are no bad children, just bad parents!” It highlights how parenting behavior is central to the healthy development of our children and the global community at large.
While parental abuse has been proven to be detrimental to children’s development, researchers and experts are ringing the warning bells around liberal and undisciplined parenting. This kind of child-rearing arises from “guilty” beliefs that the parents aren’t being good or loving enough to their children, or they are not spending enough time with their kids.
It involves spoiling children materially or being too lenient with them or being over-indulgent in their demands. Consequently, such toxic parenting behavior creates entitled and self-centered children who are without values or work ethic and are totally unprepared for the real world.
Parenting Mistakes To Avoid
Thankfully, a plethora of resources is available these days to help parents and other caregivers get their “parenting balance” right. Experts have suggested ways to avoid the worst parenting mistakes linked to liberal parenting. This involves:
- Formulating parenting strategies that combine fun and responsibility
- Giving consequences to children’s unhealthy actions
- Enforcing gratitude in children’s demands
- Teaching them values like kindness, generosity, and empathy
- Inculcating a sense of community in children via activities like volunteering, etc.
- Creating opportunities for them to understand and learn from reality
Bringing children out of their secure comfort zones from time to time with the right parenting strategies and helping them learn from and cope with changing circumstances are signs of astute and positive parenting. This helps raise beautiful human beings who are empathetic and considerate in their thoughts and actions.