6 Ways How Children Learn To Behave Badly From Parents
By: Pinki Mon, 06 July 2020 6:10 PM
What's that you say? You would never encourage bad behavior in your child? If you're doing any of the following, you might be doing just that. Children learn to behave badly, just as they learn to be nice and kind and well-mannered. Here are some common ways parents unwittingly encourage bad behavior in kids.
* Not being consistent
You say no to that extra piece of candy. Your child throws a fit. You give your child that candy. You have now established in your child’s mind the clear message that throwing a fit will give him exactly what he wants, and what you say in one moment doesn't matter because you may change your mind.
* Not following through
Have you ever seen a parent make empty threats? As in, "If you do that one more time, I'm going to [take away TV time; not take you to the ball game; not give you ice cream; etc.]," and then not follow through on the consequences, even though the child didn't do what the parent asked? If you're in the habit of doing this, your child is probably in the habit of not listening to you when you ask him to do something or not do something.1 Why should he? There are no consequences.
He’s tired. He’s still young. He’s hungry. Sure, kids can’t be expected to be at their best 100 percent of the time it’s not fair and it’s not possible. Kids do get hungry and tired and cranky, especially when they’re young and not yet skilled in expressing their emotions. Even older school-age kids can have their off moments. But if you’re making excuses for your child all the time, then Houston, we have a problem.
You may think that yelling will make it more likely that your child will hear you and obey, but like spanking , it's a short-term solution that not only loses effectiveness in the long run but can damage your relationship. Speaking to your child in a nice but firm way will get you better results, and will strengthen your parent-child bond.
There's a difference between warning a child that there will be a consequence if he misbehaves (lose video game time if he hits his brother, for example) and threatening punishment. One fascinating study showed that when kids are threatened with punishment for lying, they are more likely to lie. And when you threaten without actual consequences , then you give your child even less reason to do what he's asked.
Research shows that corporal punishment leads to very undesirable outcomes in kids like increased aggression, decreased empathy, antisocial behavior, and diminished self-esteem, among others. Add to this the lack of long-term effectiveness (kids have been shown to become more defiant in the long run and the lesson they learn is how to avoid pain, not how to regulate their own behavior and learn how to want to make the right choices) makes corporal punishment a very ineffective long-term solution to any behavioral problem in kids.