We all love our kids. It can be a hassle at times. You have to drop them off at school, you have to make sure they get to their next appointment, you have to be fair, and the list goes on and on. As a parent, you’ve probably wondered if there were parenting no-no’s you should abide by. Well, we decided to bring you the six big ones to avoid.
Never Spank Out of Anger
There is a lot of debate over whether spanking should be done or not. Some parents do it, some choose not to. If you decide to spank your child, never do so out of anger. Only use it as a last resort. If you do spank, you want to make sure your child understands why they’re being spanked before doing so. It’s easy to resort to spanking when you’re in a public setting and you’re frustrated with your child, but don’t use it often.
Belittling your children doesn’t teach them anything. If anything, it makes them distrust you. No one likes to be torn down over a simple mistake or made fun of. It’s not fun, and it’s really not fair towards your child. It also makes you come off as a bully, and your child may copy you and belittle other children in turn.
If you’re just teasing your child over something silly that you can both laugh at, that’s fine. Both of you find it funny and no one is hurt. However, if you’re mocking your child to the point they get frustrated, angry, or cry than it’s best to stop. Again, mocking is actually a form of bullying. It’s one thing to get your point across through discussion with your child, but don’t mock them over it.
Don’t Pick Sides
If you have more than one child, it’s probably normal they get into disputes now and again. Siblings will bicker no matter what. Don’t pick sides when it comes to your children. Listen to each side equally before making a decision on how to proceed.
At times you can reach the point where you can’t deal with your child anymore. You’ve tried everything in the book, so you decide just to ignore them. It’s okay to let your child calm down if they’re upset, but don’t completely shut down on them altogether.
Screaming at Them in Public
Okay, unless your child’s life is in danger, don’t scream at them in public. It’s embarrassing, and a lot of the time screaming doesn’t get your point across. All your child sees is someone who’s yelling at them and will make them upset.
There are many different styles of parenting. Of course, each child is completely different. What works for one child may not work for another. These are just a couple of the big parenting no-no’s, but you can decide for yourself where to draw the line. Do what works best for your child, but think about if there isn’t a better way to do it.