Stop Worrying and Helicopter Parenting: Don’t Do these 6 Things
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As parents, we certainly pass a lot of things on to our children-worry and anxiety included. In our efforts to provide the best possible environment for our children, we may be robbing them of opportunities to learn and grow. Today, many parents may actually be overly concerned with their children’s self-esteem and emotional well-being to the point of creating additional anxiety and decreased confidence in those same children. I actually remember a time when “low self esteem” was not a term that most people were familiar with.
Now, the concept of self-esteem seems to have been woven into every area of our lives. It’ is good to let your children fail at something, here and there, so that they learn that it’s ok, not to be perfect and that in life, failure is inevitable sometimes. Teach your child that just because he or she failed does not make him or her a “failure”. Allow your child to express his or her disappointment, then help the child to identify what he or she learned, what he or she might do differently next time, and what good came out of it. Teaching a child to find the silver lining is much healthier than teaching him or her to avoid failure.
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