You might be raising a spoiled child without you even noticing! Read on to find out more.
Obviously, no parent wants to raise a spoiled or entitled child. That’s why it’s important for parents to know the types of behavior that can unknowingly turn their beloved child into a spoiled brat.
1. Constantly giving them rewards
Rewarding your child for good grades, or doing chores, is generally okay. However, if it seems that you’re rewarding them for every little good deed, then you might want to rethink your parenting style.
Rewards should be given sparingly, since in some cases, their success in class, or winning a competition is the reward in and of itself.
2. Giving them too much allowance
Your kids’ allowance should be mainly used to buy food, or pay for the commute whenever they go to school. Their allowance shouldn’t be a salary or wage.
Just give them enough for their daily needs, and a little extra that they can save up, if they choose to do so. Teach your child to value every peso that they have, and you’ll have kids who’ll be more appreciative and less spoiled.
3. Acting spoiled yourself
It’s important for parents to teach their kids through their own examples, especially when it comes to discipline. Try to reassess your behavior and habits, and think if anything you’re doing might make your children spoiled or entitled.
It’s also a good way to take a look at yourself, and figure out how you can be better as a person, and as a parent.
4. Not being smart with your own spending
When it comes to spending habits, your kids will learn a lot from your own habits. So it’s important to teach them at a young age to learn how to budget their money, and spend only within their means, as well as the importance of saving up their money.
Your bad spending habits is definitely something that your kids can acquire from you, so it’s best to change your behavior early on.
Teach them to be practical when it comes to buying things, and let them understand the difference between their wants, and their needs.
5. Not teaching them to save
While your kids are still young, they’ll be depending on you for all of their financial needs. Once they grow up, they’ll generally be responsible for the money that they will be earning.
That’s why it’s important to teach your kids to save their money at a very young age, so that they can have the discipline to not splurge or spend their money on things that they won’t need.
It’s also important for parents to not always ‘bail out’ their kids if they run out of money. Don’t act like your an ATM or a credit card to your kids. Help them to an extent, but make them understand the error of their mistakes if they overspend.