While most parents do their best to make their children feel supported, mistakes can happen.
Even parents with the best of intentions can accidentally engage in toxic behavior.
Here are 5 of the most common toxic behaviors parents may not even realize they have.
1. Getting into the habit of yelling can lead to low self-esteem and aggressive behavior in children.
According to a Huffpost author, it’s important for parents to recognize the difference between a misstep and harmful behavior.
In the best of worlds, none of us would ever yell at a child, but there is none who hasn’t lost it from time to time.
2. Even if done in a seemingly insignificant way, comparing your children can lead to poor psychosocial well-being.
3. Putting a “bad” label on your child can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
On the other hand, a “good” label can lead them to question their abilities. When they do something perceived as “not good”.
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4. Preventing your children from expressing their feelings or labeling emotions as “bad” can lead to underdeveloped emotional intelligence.
Peg Streep via Huffpost states that telling a child that he is a “baby” because he cries or shows emotions is nothing but cruel and will inspire him to repress his feelings and detach himself.
5. Using general statements such as “always” or “never” can make children feel discouraged or excluded.
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