What Is Bad Parenting?

February 18, 2023

Since children don’t come with a manual when they are born, many parents struggle along, doing their best. People who’ve gone through a traumatic experience in their childhood have nothing to rely on for information other than their own experiences. When they become parents, their unresolved issues can flow into how they raise their kids. Whether you were raised with bad parenting or think you’re likely to become a bad parent, parent coaching in Palm Beach can help you keep your sanity and your kids happy, healthy, and successful.  

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What Is Bad Parenting?  

Bad parenting is like driving in the wrong lane and crashing into oncoming traffic. It involves a series of actions that harm a child’s demeanor and psychological well-being. Although a parent has the right to decide how to raise their child, poor parenting, including physical abuse, verbal abuse, and emotional neglect, can significantly affect the child’s development and mental health.  

Moreover, bad parenting skills can cause a child to self-harm, fail in relationships, self-sabotage opportunities, and struggle through life. Since poor parenting is often unintentional, a parent who feels guilty may try to make up for it. However, this doesn’t reduce the negative impact on the child.  

What Are the Signs of Bad Parenting?  

Lack of Structure  

Kids need structure and boundaries to help them grow up to become healthy individuals. Unless they grow with discipline, they’ll struggle in situations outside their home environment.  

Parents who are too lazy to enforce rules or real consequences end up raising a disrespectful child with a bully personality, trust issues, unruly behavior, and a sense of unearned entitlement.  

Deciding Everything for the Child  

Parents with poor parenting skills decide everything for their kids, from their clothes to the school they study. Unfortunately, getting rigid to the point of forgetting to give the child a choice will make them yearn for other things. In some cases, they might not even hesitate to steal them.  

Giving children the opportunity to make decisions within appropriate boundaries helps them develop important life skills, including critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making. Being offered a choice also helps build their confidence and independence because they learn to take responsibility for their choices and consequences. In addition, it teaches them to weigh different options and consider how their actions impact others.  

Over-Reprimanding or Under-Reprimanding  

Scolding your child excessively after they do something wrong is as damaging as under-reprimanding them. Since both can cause them to lose their confidence and identity, the child may feel that they can’t do anything right and would likely avoid interacting with others due to embarrassment, shame, and anger. Alternatively, under-reprimanding your child will make them think that their poor judgment and mistakes can go without consequences.  

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Learn More About Parent Coaching in Palm Beach!  

At Juno Counseling and Wellness, we offer parent coaching sessions designed to give you the tools to manage your child’s behavior and meet your needs as a parent. Book a session with us today.