Six ”perfect parenting” myths revealed

December 15th, 2008 - 3:16 pm ICT by ANI  

Sydney, Dec 15 (ANI): Perfect parents trying hard to meet their children’’s every need may be doing more harm than good, claims a book.

Sydney psychologist Renee Mill said that parents are exhausted and stressed while trying to fulfil every demand of their kids.

In her new book, No Sweat Parenting, Mill has listed out six perfect parenting myths.

She writes that this is in a well intentioned but misguided belief that quality time means sitting on the floor playing whatever game their child wants.

Other myths include that parents must be perfect; firm discipline will quash a child’’s self-esteem; parenting and adult life have to be conducted separately; parents cannot deprive their kids of material goods; and that parents have to shield children from any problems or disappointments in life.

Mill insists that, with these myths, parents are bringing up a generation of kids believe they are the centre of the universe.

“We are growing monsters,” the Sydney Morning Herald quoted her as saying.

The six perfect parenting myths are:

Need to spend ”quality time”

Parents must be perfect

Firm discipline will quash a child’’s self-esteem

Parenting and adult life have to be conducted separately

Parents cannot deprive their kids of material goods

Parents have to shield children from any problems or disappointments in life (ANI)

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