No matter how hard we try, there are still some common mistakes parents make when dealing with their kids. And I'm not only talking about teenagers but children of all ages. I made up a list of the 10 most common mistakes. I know I've made a few of them and some of them are more of a habit that needs to be broken.
10. Too Controlling
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This mistake is common with first time parents. We want for out children to be protected from anything and everything that could possibly have a negative effect on him/her. Due to this, we feel that if we control every little thing our kids do, all will turn out well. The intentions might be good most of the time, but they need to make their own mistakes sometimes. Afterall, our mistakes make us who we are.
9. Pointing out only the negatives
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I find that I really have to think about what I'm going to say sometimes just to make sure that it isn't going to be an unnecessary negative comment. Some people are born pessimists. If you can't have a positive and happy outlook about your life, it might be difficult to not pass it onto your children. Try not to be a 'the glass is half empty' person. Focus on the good things and give a little bit of positive feedback from time to time. Think of how good it makes you feel when someone compliments you or your work!
8. Lack of Consequences
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I've seen this as one of the common mistakes parents make when they have a lot of children or have children at a much later stage in life. Many times they are just too tired to give punishments when their child does something wrong. If this is done too many times, then often the child thinks that he/she can do anything he/she pleases. How will your child learn responsibility if this is the case?