All the parents feel very protective over their children and what to make their life as easy and as happy as possible. That is normal. Parents always have the best intentions, but not all of their behavior is not beneficial for their kids.
Here are 6 common mistakes parents do when raising their children. Their heart is in the right place, and their thoughts are good, but sometimes they are causing more harm than good. Find out, if you are one of those parents or if your parent is like this, by these 6 things parents should not do for their children:
1. Cooking them whatever they want
If you have cooked a delicious meal for all your family and then your 5-year-old demands something else, the worst thing you can do is make them the unique required food. This only spoils your kid and they are going to be picky eaters for ever. If they are old enough to make their food, then that is fine, but you should not respond to their demands and cook them something else.
2. Doing their homework
As a parent, you might think that you are helping your kid out because you know how much they have to do in school and of course, there are also after-school activities. But this tension and these tasks are necessary lessons for the future. Life is not going to get easier for them, and they need to handle their responsibilities themselves. Of course, you can help them and guide them, but never do their homework or chores for them. This gives them a wrong illusion of life.
3. Getting them dressed
We are not talking about toddlers here, but if your child is a little bit older and wants to wear a tutu or a swimsuit to kindergarten, then what the heck, let them. A study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics said that choosing their outfit is part of the development and growth. They need to be able to choose for themselves to develop their personality and their taste.
4. Scheduling their day
All parents want their kids to be talented and good at something, but making them do a lot of activities and planning their day full of different activities might not be so good for them. It is quite common that parents want to fulfill their childhood dreams through their kids, so they make them play football or practice ballet. It is important to understand, what the kid herself enjoys and feels good doings. Give your child some space to make their own decisions.
5. Cleaning after them
Many parents know that it is faster and easier to just clean after your kids than to start arguing and making them do it for themselves. But this is an important lesson for the young ones, so even if it is annoying to you, you must always tell them to clean after themselves. Make them help around the house and teach them about chores and responsibilities at an early age.
6. Fixing all of their problems
This is probably the most common mistake of them all. Parents want the best for their kids, so they try to fix all their problems and take their worries away. It is important for the children to work out their disagreements on their own, without grown-ups interfering. This teaches them about compromise and empathy. It also makes them better at listening to others and expressing themselves.
Remember those points, when you are raising a kid. Sometimes even the smallest things can have a significant impact later in their life. So try to guide them and teach them, but do not make life too easy for them. They need to make their mistakes and learn from them. Just be by their side and give your love and support to them, that is the best you can do.
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