13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don't Do13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don't Do
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13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don't Do

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Amy Morin

Being a parent isn't easy, but by working on your own habits, you can be a good example and have an impact on your child. Instead of parenting out of fear, using shortcuts, or sending mixed messages about the most important things, take a look at your own motives and values. It is impossible always to protect your child from hardship, but you can guide your child when they encounter all kinds of human feelings. It is essential to teach kids "change the channel." Tell your child to think about white bears for 30 seconds whenever he feels anxious. Next, ask him to think of anything else for 30 seconds instead of white bears. It is likely that most children will mention that the white bears are constantly popping up in their thoughts. Then ask your child to do something simple that needs all of his focus, like organizing a pack of cards based on suit in thirty- seconds. Afterward, try to find out if any ideas about white bears remain in his mind. Likely, he won't. By doing this, he can learn that changing the way he behaves can lead to changing his perception as well. Try to come up with healthy alternative ways for him to "change the channel" in the future, such as making cupcakes or shooting hoops.

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With 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do, parents can learn not to hold back their children from reaching their true behavioral, emotional, and academic potential. Modern parenting practices do not adequately prepare children for adulthood; however, these bites demonstrate how to raise children with strong mentally so they can cope with our increasingly complex world.

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Being a parent isn't easy, but by working on your own habits, you can be a good example and have an impact on your child. Instead of parenting out of fear, using shortcuts, or sending mixed messages about the most important things, take a look at your own motives and values. It is impossible always to protect your child from hardship, but you can guide your child when they encounter all kinds of human feelings. It is essential to teach kids "change the channel." Tell your child to think about white bears for 30 seconds whenever he feels anxious. Next, ask him to think of anything else for 30 seconds instead of white bears. It is likely that most children will mention that the white bears are constantly popping up in their thoughts. Then ask your child to do something simple that needs all of his focus, like organizing a pack of cards based on suit in thirty- seconds. Afterward, try to find out if any ideas about white bears remain in his mind. Likely, he won't. By doing this, he can learn that changing the way he behaves can lead to changing his perception as well. Try to come up with healthy alternative ways for him to "change the channel" in the future, such as making cupcakes or shooting hoops.

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The mindset of a mentally strong parent promotes responsibility and perseverance over victimhood.

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Avoid becoming an avoidant parent. Instead, encourage your children to find healthier ways of dealing with fear and guilt.

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Let your children make mistakes and know that they don’t have to be perfect.

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Mentally strong parents don't shield their children from pain.

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Allow your children to experience the full range of human emotions.

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