The Difference Between Good Parenting and Bad Parenting
Parenting a child is not just a duty. It is a way of life. It is something that the child carries with him/her throughout their life and very likely, will inherit the same values to their children later. We often hear people say that out of the two, one parent is always a good cop, and one is a bad cop. But does that make the bad cop a bad parent? The answer is a straight no!
Technically, there is nothing like good parenting or bad parenting. But yes, there is something like right parenting and wrong parenting.
Every set of parents has their individual way and idea of raising a child. However, there are some traits that parents should avoid if they want to raise a mentally strong and independent child. There are no defined rules of good or bad parenting or right or wrong doings, but these are generally the unsaid statements that one must not ignore.
Children are fragile and care must be taken in how, as elders, we speak and behave before them.
Here’s what you can do to set the right example of yourself before your children:
- Avoid hitting or abusing your children as this may cause a traumatic effect on the child and will push the child away from you.
- Be gentle yet firm in defining what is good or bad for your child. Don’t force down anything or be loud or strict in putting forward your point.
- Train them well when it comes to eating habits, sleeping habits, or even when it comes to speaking to others.
- Teach them the difference between a good touch and a bad touch.
- Inculcate the habit of sharing toys and food with others. This won’t make them selfish when they grow up.
- Talk to them, ask them about their day or mood. This will strengthen your bond and your child will not have to think twice when they must share something critical with you in future.
- Make them independent by allowing them to help you in household chores.
- Teach them good manners and discipline. Always be there for them but also let them fight their own battles so they can become better judges of knowing how to deal with different people and problems.
- Play with them, pamper them, but also do not fulfill every demand. This will make them stubborn and eventually spoil brats.
- Talk to them about the importance of mental health. Children are now prone to depression more than ever. Assure them that you’re always there to hear them out and they need not feel alone or lonely ever.
The right parenting skills help in raising strong, stable, and independent children. The youth of today is easily distracted by vices and bad company. They are easily scared and defeated
by failure. It is thus important to ensure that right from the beginning, the right values and culture is imbibed in children so that when the times get tough, they know what choices to make and do not give up/quit easily!
Mrs. Grover is a branding and communications professional. She has over a decade of experience in writing and is inspired by the power of content every single day. She loves to write on matters related to love, life, health, beauty, business, and (now that she’s expecting her first) motherhood.
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