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Being inconsistent or not following through. Kids will learn, and empty “threats” will be useless.
Not encouraging them to ask questions.
Sheltering them from things that will be a huge part of their lives as adults. Things like life skills, personal safety skills, relationship skills, and critical thinking skills.
Refusing to believe that their child ever does any wrong.
Using them against the other parent and taking out their anger on the kid.
Not letting them fail, like little baby birds learning to fly
Only giving them negative feedback and forgetting to praise them. It will scar them forever.
Giving them everything they point at.
Letting them think they are the center of the universe. They may be the center of your world but they need to know how to be a member of society.
Not teaching them manners at a young age. You can get a long way in life by being polite and courteous.
Trying to earn their friendship instead of their respect.
Not letting their teen have any freedom, until they go off to college and crash and burn
Tell them how you catch them lying.
Do their children’s thinking for them. Let them come to their own conclusions.
Force them into activities they do not want to partake in, just so the parent can live vicariously through them.
you should not tell a child that he/she is “so smart,” and instead commend their hard work.
Ruining their dreams at a young age.
Living your unfufilled dreams through your kids. Its their life, you’ve had your chance.
Kids want your love but they like to have fun too. It’s important to set boundaries but also be forgiving.
When kids are proud of something and show it to you, like a drawing or something, and you just act uninterested or critique it.
Teaching them what to think instead of how to think.
Not finding the right balance between discipline and praise. Most messed up kids