There are always a lot of misconception about a lot of things, if not all. Science for example has a lot; some being, lighting does not strike in a place twice, glass is characterized as a high viscosity liquid, and many more. Usually we would think these myths only evolve around a certain number of things, but digging through, we will find them in the commonest of things; like parenting, and here are a few of them.
Good parents put their children’s needs first: It is true that providing for our children is a very vital and undeniable responsibility of every parent. But in respect to this particular myth, how do one provide for other parties when there is lack on oneself? Although, we cannot debunk the whole statement as there is an atom of truth in it, but this truth only emanates from the sacrifices made by parents for their kids. Therefore, the criterion for being a good parent does not revolve around putting the needs of your kids before yours.
Saying ‘NO’ to children will make them aggressive: I don’t think I have come across any other statement as false as this! Okay, that is a bit of an exaggeration but the statement (saying ‘NO’ to children will make them aggressive’ is still false. Saying NO to kids teaches them a lot of things and fortunately, aggressiveness is not on the list. Some of these things are- contentment, ability to handle rejection, realizing that everything cannot be gotten on a platter, and lots more.
You should not talk money in front of kids: There was a time when I would have believed this statement until I became aware of the importance of financial literacy, even in the lives of our kids. Although, it is true that we cannot discuss some financial matters as they appear to be, it is our duty as parents to break the matters down to the level of the children’s understanding without putting a burden on them.
Dedicating all of your time for kids will make you a better parent: If only best parenting were to be determined by the time spent with the children, how less of a burden will it be on the parents? But since that is not the case and parenting imbibes everything including; provision, time, moral support and many more, this mindset should be totally erased.