"You're mean!" "You just don't understand!"
Have you ever wondered if you are doing a terrible job as a parent? We've probably all thought that at one time or another. Parenting is a tough job; often times more art than science. Yet the unpopular parenting decisions you make are most likely contributing to your child's health, not their detriment.
But there are five parenting traps that many well-intentioned modern parents fall into without even knowing it. These attitudes and behaviors easily go undetected because they are ingrained in the culture around us. Let's consider five ways we as parents may be unwittingly ruining our kids.
1. Amusement as the highest priority.
We don't want our children to be bored or to scream in public places, so we hand over an electronic device to amuse them. As this becomes the norm, your child learns to crave constant amusement and entertainment. Instead of having a special Disneyland experience once every few years, we're bending over backwards to create those magical moments every day with special outings, fun food, and over-the-top parties for kids. Stop being the cruise director for your child's life - that's not your main job description. If your child can't find something to do without your help or without a screen, they are headed for trouble.