But do you know what not to do?
Here are some common mistakes to avoid:
- Don’t deny children’s feelings. “You can’t be tired. You just took a nap.” This makes children feel unimportant. It can make it harder for them to empathize with others.
- Don’t label. Sometimes parents use negative stereotypes or nicknames to describe children. “He’s stubborn” or “Lazy Lisa.” These labels make children feel bad about themselves and keep them from improving.
- Don’t compare. It’s not helpful to compare children, especially siblings. “Why can’t you skate as well as your brother?” Children are unique, and shouldn’t be expected to be alike.
- Don’t expect too much. When parents have unrealistic expectations, kids feel they’re not good enough. It’s important to learn about what’s reasonable to expect of your child.
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