Popular 'Perfect Parenting' Myths Are Helping Rear Home-Grown Monsters!

by Tanya Thomas on  December 16, 2008 at 9:35 AM Lifestyle News
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 Popular 'Perfect Parenting' Myths Are Helping Rear Home-Grown Monsters!
If you think you're the parent any child can only dream of, here's the wake-up call! Your "perfect" parenting" is actually rearing a tiny-home grown monster, claims a new book.

Sydney psychologist Renee Mill said that parents are exhausted and stressed while trying to fulfill 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:

1. Need to spend 'quality time'

2. Parents must be perfect

3. Firm discipline will quash a child's self-esteem

4. Parenting and adult life have to be conducted separately

5. Parents cannot deprive their kids of material goods

6. Parents have to shield children from any problems or disappointments in life.

Source: ANI
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