It’s not easy being a parent. It’s a full time job on top of everything else going on in your life, it is a life time commitment! Everyone has their own parenting style, but some seem to work better than others.
When your kid is crying about a little cut, spilling some ice cream or not being able to find their rubber ducky, it’s easy to have a “suck it up” kind of energy. You get tired, you want your kid to figure it out themselves; but is this really healthy for them?
In a study of 33 preschoolers, researchers saw that children had more melt downs and intense emotional reactions when parents reacted harshly to their negative emotions.
When parents didn’t come to comfort them when they were upset, the research concluded that it was much more difficult for the child to behave in a socially competent manner.
Children are naturally sensitive, emotional and absorbent beings. They soak up information, energy and emotion like a sponge that holds onto the experience as they grow up.
Children need to be shown love to know how to give it back. Many children who are shown love from an early age, aren’t taught how to naturally show love back.
A 2015 study showed that male college students who were punished by their mothers when they got upset, had more anger issues than boys who had supportive moms. For girls, they only showed anger issues if their relationship with their mom continued to be strained as they grew up.