7 Dangerous Lessons We Need To Stop Teaching Our Kids

These are wonderful points to be taken to heart by us parents.  It’s easy to forget our not-so healthy…mentally AND physically…habits (as subtle as you think they may be) are setting examples for our kids of all ages.  None of us are perfect, but remembering to be mindful of the behaviors we project in front of our kids has tremendous impact :)

7 Dangerous Lessons We Need To Stop Teaching Our Kids


As a parent, you are a role model. But what kinds of lessons are you modeling? We all have our blind spots, and even cool parents can sometimes be oblivious to certain lessons that they’re teaching their kids, through their words and daily actions.

Here are 7 dangerous lessons that you’ve got to STOP teaching, today.

1. It’s OK to disrespect your body.

Do you abuse your body by overeating or going on crash diets? Drink too much alcohol? Say cruel things about your appearance, when you look in the mirror?

Your child is learning how to value his or her body by watching your example. What kind of example do you want to set?

2. Relationships with electronic devices matter more than human relationships.

Do you sleep with your smartphone practically tucked under your pillow? Flip through emails on your iPad when your partner is telling a story at the dinner table?

If so, then you’re teaching your kids that intimate involvement with an electronic screen is more important than people sharing quality time with each other.

3. Dessert is a reward for being “good.”

Ever say something like this to your child? “If you’re a good girl at Grandma’s, you can have a cookie when we get home.”

Many well-intentioned parents bribe kids with food. It’s tempting to offer a treat as a reward for good behavior. It’s an easy, quick way to get kids to cooperate … at least, for a little while.

But it’s a dangerous lesson to teach — one that can result in unhealthy eating patterns that are tough to change later, as an adult…

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