It’s good to learn from your mistakes, right? But the best way, by far, is to learn from someone else’s! That way, you WON’T have to make them yourself!
Here are 5 to avoid:
Mistake # 1 – Not Paying Enough Attention:
When you fail to pay proper attention to your children you not only endanger them, you say, without words, that they are not worth paying attention to. When you drive, you pay attention to the road, correct? But at home, you may wish the kids would take care of themselves, and rely on TV and video games to ‘babysit’ them.
Mistake # 2 – Being too strict, or too lenient:
Either extreme is bad. Being too harsh can break your child’s spirit.
Being too ‘nice’ is not really being nice, and in the long run, teaches kids to be lazy and selfish.
Letting kids have too much time in front of electronic devices to keep them quiet, backfires afterwards.
Mistake # 3- Undermining your spouse’s authority in front of the children.
Having disagreements over how to raise the kids is inevitable at some point, but take care not to belittle or override your spouse in front of the children. Being ‘RIGHT’ all the time can be wrong.
Mistake # 4 – Doing too much.
I was really good at that! One day my son yelled out, “DAD! MOM HAD A NERVOUS WRECK!”
We get caught up trying to get everything done, and end up ignoring our relationships. We lose patience, and then our rapport with others, too.
Mistake # 5 – Not planning ahead.
Are you working too hard? Are the kids letting you? Of course they will, if you LET them!
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