Parenting - The 10 Biggest Mistakes Parents Make
1. Not Enough Time and Attention
How many hours each day do you spend in direct communication or activity withyour children? How many hours each day do your children spend with acaregiver other than their mother or father? The problem with mothers andfathers in high-dollar careers is that those careers demand 40 to 80 hours a weekof the parents’ time—which is 40 to 80 hours a week their children don’t receivetime and attention from Mom and Dad.When Nadya Suleman, a.k.a. The Octomom, gave birth to octuplets, the mediathrew her under the bus after finding out that she was a single mother alreadyraising six other children. Society screamed, “How will this woman give proper attention to 14 children all by herself?” The answer is: She can’t. And neither cana day care center. The average day care center ratio is one adult to 12 children.The Octomom’s ratio is one to 14. Not much of a difference. If your child spendsmore than six hours a day, five days a week in a day care center, then she is notreceiving the essential direct communication from an adult that’s needed for her to develop into a confident, well-adjusted adult.After you’ve spent eight to twelve hours at work, how much energy and patiencedo you have left for your kids? Not much, right? By working fewer hours, you’llnot only provide your children with more one-on-one time, you’ll also have more
to invest in them when you spend time with them. It’s a lose-lose situationwhen you work all day and your children are with a caregiver all day. But it’s awin-win situation when you can spend more quality time with your family.
2. Not Enough Sleep
According to The National Sleep Foundation (SleepFoundation.org), researchsuggests that most healthy adults need seven to nine hours of sleep each night.Children and adolescents need even more. The following is a breakdown of the