10 Parenting Mistakes to Avoid -- and What to Do Instead
By Romance Meets Life on June 12, 2013
Editor's Note: Some of my parenting mistakes have been minor -- like the time I forgot to put clean diapers in the diaper bag. Messy, yes, but relatively minor. Others have been not-so-minor while others have become habitual. Reading Myne's post at Romance Meets Life clued me in as to what I could start prioritizing when it comes to fixing some of my parenting woes. -Jenna
8. You react out of embarrassment instead of responding to the reality of a situation. You let your child run around the house naked from the waist-down at home because that's the latest potty training technique -- but when he whips off his pants in the grocery story because he has to pee, you get embarrassed and scold him so other people don't think you condone exhibitionism. That sends mixed signals and will only set you both up for failure. The better idea would be to ask him, "Buddy, do you have to go potty?" and then follow through while reminding him to use his words next time. Any parent will understand. And if they don't ... who cares?! We could all tell a pretty good embarrassing story about our kids.