4 Parenting Mistakes You May Be Making

Shantie Toolsie  | November 19, 2019

All parents want the best for their kids. We try every day to help our kids grow and develop, both academically and socially. However, parents aren’t perfect. Sometimes we make mistakes we may not even be aware of. Here are a few common parenting mistakes and how to avoid them.

1. Not Setting Rules

When a child throws a tantrum, it can be tempting to just let them have their way. We love our kids and will often do anything to make them happy, but that can actually be bad for them. Setting rules, expectations, and good examples are the first steps of a good parent. Kids need to understand that they are not in charge and that YOU are the parent.

2. Setting Too Many Rules

On the opposite side of being too lenient, being too strict or controlling with kids is also not good. If you try to control everything your child does, you run the risk of hampering their ability to make decisions on their own. Instead, encourage them to develop a leadership sense and let them know that they have the power to make good decisions.

3. Not Adjusting

Parenting takes two: it involves you and your child. Every child is different, and they develop differently. Sometimes it becomes necessary to adjust how you parent your child if what you’re currently doing isn’t working. If behavioral problems or fighting seems to be the norm in your household, don’t just try to change the child. Notice how you implement parenting methods and adjust them depending on what is more effective for your child.

4. Preventing Mistakes

Mistakes are part of learning, and they are inevitable. Instead of preventing or avoiding mistakes, allow your child to experience them (within reason) and learn from them. This is especially true when it comes to academics. The best way for a child to learn how to do something correctly is to let them make occasional mistakes. Don’t set unreasonable expectations of perfection; that just leads to frustration and low levels of self-confidence.

All kids are different, and all parents too. The way you parent your child depends largely on their personality, learning curve, and temperament. We hope by making you aware of some of these common parenting mistakes, you will feel like a more efficient and dynamic parent. Just remember communication is key!

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