Take off the Blinders – How to Be a Good Parent

So you
want to be a great dad or mom, right? The truth is – parenting isn’t the
simplest of tasks. Plus, many parent parents fail to see that their actions
aren’t always the best for their kids. But, you don’t have to be part of the
statistics. You can set a good example for your little bundles of joy.
Here’s a rundown of things you should stop doing to your children right now.

Allowing
Them Too Much TV Time

Make no
mistake about it – there’s no problem with letting your tot watch their
favorite cartoon program. However, too much TV is bad for your eyes as it is for your kids. Besides,
repeated studies show that children who spend most of their time in front of
screens have a problem completing their homework. The ripple effect is that
they perform poorly in school, attaining bad grades in the long run.

Showing
Them That you’re Failing

Listen,
your kids look up to you for inspiration. The last thing that you want to show
them is that you’re struggling with issues. Sure, you’re not a perfect parent.
Still, you need to do your best. Indeed, some days will be better than others.
It’s your job to face each challenge as it comes without letting your children
feel like you’re not doing enough.

Doing
Everything for Them

You should
love your kids, but that doesn’t mean that you should do everything for them.
You want your children to have hands-on experience on how to do things. So, be
sure to raise independent teens. Allow them to decide on critical issues. Of course, you have to guide them
in case they stray.

Neglecting
your Marriage

Marriage
isn’t easy. And, yes it is not fit for everyone. However, it is essential to
foster a healthy relationship with your spouse for the sake of your kids. You
can plan night date together. That way, you can have time to bond and reflect
on where your union is heading. The idea is to show the little one that
creating long lasting friendships is possible.

Frequent
Fights

You don’t
have to quarrel over little things. Okay, you will not always read from the
same script but you can try to keep things under control, especially when in
front of your children. In other words, pick your parenting fights wisely. Avoid
issues that don’t matter.

Not
Assigning Responsibilities

Ah, the
life of a kid – a carefree life, with no responsibilities. Really? Well, that’s
because you’ve decided everything falls on you. It is, therefore, important
that you assign chores depending on the age. In fact, you should start teaching
your toddler that people should work as early as you can.

Overburdening
Them

Sure, your
children have to work. Even then, you shouldn’t overschedule them. Remember,
your little monster has to experience everything he/she wants. In essence, this
implies that the young one has a tight schedule from scouting to dance, sports
and other activities in a single semester. So, when they come home for the
holiday, you should give them a few hours for free time. Let them be, as they say.

Spoiling
Them

Like any
other parent, you love your children and you want them to be 100% happy most of
the time. And, since that’s not possible, you may find yourself spoiling them
rotten. Whether by accident or intention, you should try to limit what you’re
doing to keep your kids happy. Look for ways to give your teens the best
without spoiling them.

Overspending

You need
to show your children the value of money at a tender age. Teach them the need
for responsible spending. Let them know you have to work to earn. And, when you
have the cash, you should budget and account for every coin. Think of it as a
way of nurturing the young ones to financial independence.

Final
Thoughts

Parenting
is all about doing the right thing at the right time. It is about showing your
kids how to deal with life situations. Instill discipline in your children and
raise them to become responsible adults. Don’t forget to teach them to be
grateful for what they have. Oh and, you don’t have to spend time with them
24/7.