When navigating the delicate balance between nurturing and discipline, parents often face problems in raising resilient, patient, and appreciative children. According to a recent Parents poll, 42% of parents admit their child is spoiled, and a whopping 80% fear the potential long-term effects of indulging their children excessively.
Causes of Spoiled Behavior
The primary reason behind a child becoming spoiled, as outlined by the American Academy of Pediatrics, is linked to permissive parenting, which is an approach marked by a lack of discipline and defined boundaries. The desire to please children, create happy memories, and avoid conflict often leads parents to succumb to their child’s incessant demands. The guilt of working parents for not being able to spend enough time with their kids further contributes to this lenient stance.
Spoiled behavior tends to persist if parents continue to evade setting boundaries and enforcing discipline. However, experts assure that corrective measures can be implemented to redirect this behavior. As concerns rise about raising spoiled and self-centered kids, experts explore the reasons behind the spoiling phenomenon and how parents can course-correct with strategic approaches.
Avoid Over-Apologizing & Deal With Tantrums
It’s okay for the parents not to say sorry every time they can’t fulfill their child’s wishes. While it’s important to understand their disappointment, the key is teaching them the valuable lesson that they can’t have everything they want. Instead of saying sorry too much, focus on reinforcing good behavior to prevent a sense of entitlement.
Tantrums are also no fun, but don’t give in to your child’s demands every time. Ignore tantrums unless there’s a safety concern. The key here is to keep your cool, even in public, and guide your child to a private space if needed. Being consistent in not giving in to tantrums reduces the chances of them happening repetitively and becoming a habit.
Teach Patience & Encourage Them the Right Way
In a world where everything seems instant, it’s crucial to teach kids to be patient by delaying or saying no to immediate demands. This helps kids learn self-discipline and appreciate things more. Leading by example, parents should show patience in their own activities too.
Dr. Amy McCready recommends praising your child’s efforts and hard work instead of always giving them stuff. Recognizing their achievements boosts their motivation and self-esteem. While celebrating with gifts is fine, make sure treats are seen as special occasions, not just routine rewards. This way, you avoid creating a feeling of entitlement and a spoiled child.
We all know how difficult it is to do anything when one’s whole life is under a microscope all the time. Reality stars have to be extra careful when they’re being filmed, one wrong move and they’ll be bombarded by the public’s opinion. And star Audrey Roloff learned the hard way how easily the public can turn, as she got mom-shamed for dressing her daughter the way she wanted.
Audrey Roloff recently posted a picture where her five-week-old daughter was seen wearing a onesie that said “Always More Milk” and brown tights. But it looks like this cute outfit didn’t sit well with the so-called fashion police on social media and they decided to give their expert opinions. Roloff was shamed pretty heavily in the comment section. “Don’t like the outfit that makes her look like a little old lady,” one of the many comments on the post stated. Another one stated that they found the brown tights creepy. More comments along the same line littered the post, from people commenting on the little girl’s lack of stocking or the fact that the junior Roloff might be cold. However, some people came to the rescue of the new mom and asked the others to mind their own business.
The Reality Star
The Little People, Big World star Audrey Roloff is a famous blogger and writer. She was born in Oregon and had been married to Jeremy Roloff and has a five-week-old child. Other than being part of television shows from time to time, she’s written a few books like Creative Love and a Love Letter Life. She’s been known for being very active on social media, which has often resulted in her being trolled for her posts by the social media police. Don’t worry, Audrey! Haters are going to hate, you do whatever you want. After all, you can’t always please everyone.