Being a parent is one of the most rewarding yet challenging jobs ever. Despite our paid job status, level of stress at the office, nothing can really come close to the amount of joy and worry which accompanies being a parent.
There are many different types of parenting. Some more authoritative styles allow very little room for compromise or promotion of independent decision-making in our children. At the other end of the spectrum, the more permissive parent often sets very few limits for their child. Parenting styles from both ends of the spectrum do not teach our children to regulate their own emotions and have shown to interfere with their ability to form healthy relationships as adults.
Somewhere in the middle of the continuum is a more fair and flexible style of parenting, where we are able to hear our children and provide them with choices, but simultaneously set the right limits and teach them self-control. Let’s be honest, despite our best efforts, do any of us ever attain this perfect balance of empathy and discipline? Probably not.
In times of frustration, when we are feeling completely overwhelmed by our responsibilities and everyone’s expectations, we all make plenty of parenting errors. We want our children to grow up feeling good about themselves and the decisions that they make. Yet how many times do we as parents regret what we say as soon as we say it? We need to be careful of the messages we send our children.
Common Parenting Errors and How to Remedy Them:
All this being said, communicating effectively with our children takes time and can be emotionally draining. But certainly well worth the effort. Children whose parents are respectful, engaged and provide consistent disciplinary tactics themselves learn to regulate their own emotions, feel better about themselves and grow up to have loving relationships as adults.
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