Parenting is a doozy of an emotional workout, chock-full of highs and lows, joys and despairs.
One moment you’re related, and the next you’re dejected. One morning, you wake up feeling euphoric, only to go to bed that evening feeling utterly heartbroken.
Children add rocket fuel to your emotional life. How you manage these powerful feelings will ultimately define the quality of your relationship with your kid. (See “Things Parents Do That Enrage Kids.”)
Next time you’re at your wit’s end, keep this in mind: Making mistakes is natural — correcting them is not. It takes courage to admit your faults, especially to your children. Starting over and creating a new, healthier relationship with them is a challenge. But that’s the gift of parenting; children give you the chance to keeping evolving and developing as an individual. Growing with your kids won’t just make you a better parent — it will make you a better human being.
In my book, WHEN KIDS CALL THE SHOTS: How to Seize Control from Your Darling Bully — and Enjoy Parenting Again, I discuss the greatest hits of parenting blunders — the sanity lapses and slip-ups that I’ve culled from 25 years of working with families. Take your time, read through the list, and find your tendency. Develop a knack for knowing your weak spots, and it will be much easier to keep cool in heated moments.
So let’s countdown parenting mistakes that every parent is bound to make:
Micromanagers are dedicated and hardworking folks; they love their kids and want them to succeed. The problem is that they do too much for them. As a result, their kids remain dependent on their parents and have great difficulty standing on their own; they have trouble self-governing, they lack drive and motivation, and, despite their intelligence, they’re emotionally immature. Instead of micromanaging, give your kid the tools to be self-reliant and independent. The more your kids can succeed without you lording over them, the more drive they’ll have to succeed on their own. (See “Do You Have a Controlling Personality?”)
A parent’s actions are usually well-intended, but enabling is one of the most disastrous parenting tendencies. When parents pander to their kids’ every need, their kids fair poorly in relationships; they expect everyone else to cater to them. They shrink from challenges and avoid hard work, yet maintain a sense of entitlement. Emotionally, they suffer from a bizarre mix of low self-esteem and arrogance. To sidestep the trap of enabling, strive to engender personal responsibility in your kids; encourage them to achieve on their own. Stop enabling — and start empowering.
8. Bad Modeling
A parent’s first and foremost job is to be a good role model. Yet, there are many parents whose misbehaviors serve as poor examples for their children. Parents that erupt in rages, blame others, tell untruths, or play the victim are subconsciously training their kids to do the same. Blaming your kids for the behaviors and bad habits you taught them is like blaming the mirror for your reflection. Behave the way you want your kids to behave. Be the person you want your kid to be. Above all, before you fault your kids for their conduct, consider amending your own.
Bullying parents tend to be control freaks. Rather than understand their kids, they overwhelm them with orders, directives, threats of violence, or actual violence. They aim to shape and define their kids by intimidating them, rather than letting their kids unearth their own individuality. Sadly, children of bullying parents suffer low self-esteem and anxiety problems; they have difficulty trusting others and fear intimacy. Bullying parents may get their way, but their kids suffer mightily for it.
Inconsistent parenting drives kids (and therapists) nuts. Parents who change their minds often, don’t take a stand, and have difficulty making decisions or providing strong leadership are very likely to produce emotionally volatile children. These children emerge with unstable cores and weak identities. They have trouble defining themselves and often develop oppositional and defiant behaviours to camouflage their insecurities. Providing a stable and consistent home may not always be possible, but providing stable and consistent parenting is always within reach.
5. Criticism and Comparison
No one enjoys criticisms or comparisons. Yet many parents compulsively criticize and compare their children daily: “Why can’t you be more like _____?” or “Why are you so _____?” This is a surefire way to impair your kids’ esteem and damage their fragile egos. Children who are criticized grow up to think of themselves as outsiders and underachievers. They don’t celebrate their strengths, because they were never taught to, a direct result of having internalized their parents’ negative voices. It only takes a thoughtless moment to hurt your kids with criticism or comparisons — but it can take a lifetime for them to recover.
4. Poor Structure, Limits, and Boundaries
Providing balanced structure, limits, and boundaries are essential to good parenting. What exactly are structure, limits, and boundaries? Here’s the breakdown: Structure means consistent schedules and routines; limits mean curbing destructive or risky behaviours by engendering good judgment, and boundaries mean honouring and respecting the physical and emotional space between people. Some parents are too strict with limits; some don’t provide enough structure or boundaries. Strive to find the right balance for your children, and they will be better prepared for relationships, jobs, and the world outside your door.
Parents don’t set out to neglect their kids, but many do. Adults get absorbed in their work, delegate parenting responsibilities to eldest children or grandparents, miss important events in their kids’ lives, or worst of all, they become terrible listeners — all forms of emotional neglect that undermine a child’s healthy sense of self. Emotionally neglected kids always suffer mood and behavioural problems. The simple act of listening to your kid has a healing effect that remedies many parenting dilemmas. Children who feel understood by their parents don’t act out for attention and are less likely to engage in destructive behaviour. Spend quality time listening, understanding, and identifying with your kid. It doesn’t cost you anything, and it will save you a fortune in therapy bills in the future.
2. Disregarding Learning Problems
Many academic and behavioural problems are the direct result of undiagnosed learning difficulties. (See “Signs Your Kid Has Learning Difficulties.”) Impatient parents, who are too quick to label kids lazy, unmotivated, and apathetic about school, often fail to consider what might really be triggering their kids’ attitudes toward learning. Even exceptionally smart kids suffer from difficulties with processing speed, executive functioning, and sensory and memory deficiencies.
These under-the-radar complications often don’t emerge until middle school or high school. Such difficulties make learning a painful and exhausting experience. So save your money; psychotherapy isn’t going to help resolve these problems in the least. If your kid has even the slightest difficulty with learning, an educational evaluation is the first step to finding a solution.
1. Invalidating Feelings
When your children reveal their feelings and insecurities to you, for goodness sake don’t contradict them, correct them, offer unsolicited advice, or use it as an opportunity to lecture about your experiences. Remember, they are taking a risk in doing so; therefore your sensitivity is imperative. Kids want to feel understood; they want to feel validated by their parents. Many symptoms of hyperactivity, defiance, and mood problems are generated in children of parents who invalidate their feelings. (See “Rules for Fighting with Teenagers.”)
Parenting: The Ultimate Learn-As-You-Go Experience
Parenting is a full-time job without no training or supervision. Everyone is certain to make mistakes, especially during those chaotic first years. But no need to fret; parenting is an evolutionary process. You grow into it day by day, year after year. Strive to learn from your mistakes and improve; your parental journey will be far less hindered by self-doubt and worries, and far more joyful for you and your kids.
Cardi B Finally Joins Tik Tok; See Her First Video Which Features Husband Offset
American superstar Cardi B finally joined the recent most popular social media app, Tik Tok which is a destination for short-form mobile videos.
Cardi B immediately posted her first video which featured her husband, Offset. She made a hilarious video of her dancing and goofing around with photos Offset.
She brought the video on her Instagram page attracting over 11 million views.
Cardi captioned the video: “Bi**h I done did my first TikTok…well my first one was the wrap challenge… @offsetyrn zoonotic my get gassed…”
Men Are Still Having More Orgasms Than Women; New Study Reveals 3 In 10 Women Fake Their Orgasms Regularly
According to a new study, a large orgasm gap still exists between men and women as men at 66% are still climaxing more often than women at 43%.
The new study conducted by sex toy company Lelo and released on National Orgasm Day (July 5) has revealed that almost one in 20 women have never orgasmed with a sexual partner.
The result of the survey that involved 4,000 heterosexual female and male participants from across the UK also revealed that many male partners are unaware that women are not climaxing with the majority of participants in relationships saying their partner orgasms 60% of the time.
According to the study, this could partially be due to some women not being physically able to climate during sex, rather than lack of trying by their partner.
Additional research by Lelo revealed three in 10 people fake their orgasms on a regular basis, with women more likely to do so, according to the study. And only a third of those surveyed have spoken to their partner about their orgasms, or rather lack of orgasms – with men (73%) more likely to raise the issue, compared to women (56%).
‘The orgasm gap refers to the stats that show that in heterosexual sexual experiences men orgasm more than women,’ explains Kate Moyle, sex and relationships expert at Lelo.
‘We also see that this gap doesn’t exist when women are having sexual experiences with women, which suggests that the gap is gendered.’
According to Kate, factors that increase the orgasm gap include lack of education, cultural differences and the fact that many people focus on intercourse to reach climax meanwhile truth is lots of women require clitoral stimulation to climax.
Explaining why the clitoris is ‘so ignored’ Kate says;
‘This is reinforced by what we see represented in many forms of sex online and in the media, where women appear to be orgasming from penetrative sex with little or no arousal,’ she says.
‘Commonly we also split up foreplay and sex, which puts the focus on “sex” as the main event, when if we reframe and think of it all as sex where the goal is pleasure then the clitoris, which is the main source of female pleasure with 8000 nerve endings would get more attention.
‘It’s not all about taking the focus off penetration, but ensuring that people are aware then when women are aroused, the clitoris becomes erect like the penis, and this means the internal structure can be stimulated and can create pleasurable sensations through intercourses, but arousal and being turned on is the key.’
‘The side effect of this lack of sex education is few of us feel confident with sexual communication, and being open about what feels good for us, and this is one of the key routes to creating change.’
Difference Between Ashawo, Hookup & Friends With Benefit Finally Explained
Prostitution is prostitution and has always been like that until the emergence of technology and everything changed.
Society has found a way of hiding the fact that prostitution is prostitution now. Many names have come up to minimize the truth. Such names include hook up, friends with benefit, and many other ridiculous such names.
It has always been difficult to differentiate between prostitution, hookup which is now the most popular form and finally friends with benefits.
Well, a popular Slay Queen who is deep into these practices has finally opened and explained what each really means.
Ama Richest in a recent interview has had given an explanation to these things which has got the world spinning now.
She claims Hookup is not really similar to prostitution as many people believe. It’s more like Friends with Benefit.
She claims it’s about someone who is your friend having sex with you and paying you as well for the service.
The hook up resembles friends with benefits because you meet online and get to know each like real friends before you get the game going.
Difference between ashawo, hookup & friends with benefit finally explained 🤣 pic.twitter.com/wXPRUroI0q
— RASHAD (@RashadKojo) July 5, 2020
In the end, it’s all prostitution which has been normalized and accepted by society.
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