5 Things you're doing that might be secretly hurting your child
These 5 things can cause your child to secretly harbor feelings of sadness that can make them feel unloved and not cared for.
All parents want their kids to always feel loved. But sometimes, parents do certain things without knowing or noticing that it can have a negative impact on their children. Here are 5 of those things:
1. You expose your children to tragedies on the news
Watching the news on television is a good way for parents, and even kids, to learn about what's happening in the world. However, some news stories are too horrible for young children to learn about. That's why it's important for parents to always be with their kids when their kids watch TV, and to not let their kids see things that might frighten them or cause them to become afraid.
That's why it's important for parents to always be with their kids when their kids watch TV, and to not let their kids see things that might frighten them or cause them to become afraid.
2. Your kids see you fighting with your spouse
Fights in a marriage are normal and are pretty common. Fighting in front of your children, however, is not a good thing.
Instead of having loud arguments with your spouse, why not try and settle things down calmly and with a clear head? It will not only help your kids understand that problems can be solved through conversation, but it can also improve your relationship with your spouse.
3. You hit your kids
Some parents justify hitting their kids by saying that their parents hit them when they were young, and it didn't affect them negatively. But the reality is that hurting your kids is never a good thing, even if your child really did something wrong.
Instead, you can teach your child discipline by limiting their playtime, not letting them play with certain toys, grounding them etc. There are other ways to discipline your kids that don't involve hurting them, and almost all child experts agree that nothing good comes from hitting your child.
4. Hurting your child emotionally
There's a saying that goes "sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me". However, the reality is much different as in some cases being hurt emotionally can cause a lot of trauma for your child.
Things such as calling them names, or saying that they're "lazy" or "good-for-nothing" or even telling them that they're not as smart or athletic as their siblings can really hurt your child's feelings.
5. Not listening to their needs
Experience teaches parents a lot of things. But sometimes it also makes parents a bit close-minded when it comes to their child's needs. As parents, it's important to listen to your child's needs since every child is different.
You can learn a lot just by observing your child's behavior and listening to what they have to say, so always make sure to listen and understand what your child is trying to tell you.