Being a parent is humbling. Anything you thought you knew about parenting before you had kids, soon vanishes as you find out how little you really knew. It’s a miracle any of us survive!
Making mistakes is inevitable. Luckily, you can learn from them. However, the best way is to learn from someone else’s mistakes! That way, you don’t have to make them all yourself!
Here are 5 to avoid:
Mistake # 1 – Not Paying Enough Attention:
When you drive, you pay attention to the road, correct? But at home, you may want more time to yourself, and rely on TV and video games to ‘babysit’ them. When you fail to pay proper attention to your children you not only endanger them, you are saying, without words, that they are not worth paying attention to.
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 will backfire afterwards.
Mistake # 3- Undermining your spouse’s authority in front of the children.
Having disagreements over how to raise the kids is inevitable now and then, but take care not to belittle or override your spouse in front of the children. Trying to be ‘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 most important relationships. Our patience evaporates, and then our rapport with others, too.
Mistake # 5 – Not planning ahead.
Are you working too hard? Are the kids letting you? They will, if you LET them!
There’s lots more!
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My Illustrated, Customizable Behavior CHARTS are FREE! As an animation artist, I first created them for my own kids. They worked so well, that I thought, “Why isn’t someone doing this for the moms and dads who don’t know how to draw?”
In 2003 I put them online, and GoMommyGO quickly became a resource for Autism Speaks, Headstart groups, many pre-schools, parents and teachers and a contributor to EDU DESIGNS.
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