No one said being a parent was easy. In fact, most parents would say it’s the hardest job they’ve ever taken on. After all, there’s a lot of pressure involved in being completely responsible for another (little) person. While there’s no such thing as the perfect parent, there are a set of ground rules you can live by to ensure you raise a healthy, happy, respectful human being. For starters, steer clear of these blatant parenting mistakes.
1. Being inconsistent
We humans crave routine — it’s what keeps us on track. But children, especially, need consistency during the day and night because it gives them a sense of security and teaches them self-discipline. “When parenting is consistent, the need for frequent negative interactions decreases and the quality of the relationship strengthens for both parents and children,” Mayra Mendez, licensed psychotherapist and program coordinator at Providence Saint John’s Child and Family Development Center in Santa Monica, California, said in an interview with The Cheat Sheet. “Remaining firm and clear teaches children accountability for their actions.”