As if parenting weren’t hard enough, there are so many parenting myths doing the rounds, making parents feel inadequate. The truth is, raising kids is probably one of the hardest things you’ll ever do in your lifetime. They don’t come with instruction manuals, and most of parenting is done on the fly.
To help put your mind at ease so you can enjoy your children and feel more secure in your parenting style, here are several of the most pernicious myths debunked.
1. Kids Are Picky Eaters
This is a myth – sort of. Most kids aren’t picky eaters, it’s just that they may dislike a new food the first time they try it. Experts say to truly test whether a child dislikes a particular food, you need to present them with it as many as 15 times before they begin to like it.
When it comes to infant formula, on the other hand, if your little one refuses to eat, it’s possible they have an allergy or are experiencing an adverse reaction. You’ll need to consult with your child’s doctor to determine which formula is best.
2. Parenting Comes Naturally
Absolutely not! Many people think that parenting comes naturally because having children is a natural process. The reality is you were “born” as a parent the same instant your child was born. You grow and learn together, making parenting a learning process that doesn’t come naturally.
3. You Shouldn’t Fight in Front of the Kids
Shielding kids from disagreement only creates tension in the household. If you and your spouse start a disagreement, don’t take it behind closed doors. Instead, show your children how you resolve your issues through rational discussion and compromise. This will help your little ones learn that it’s okay to disagree with others and that communication is key to getting along.
4. Daytime and Nighttime Potty Training Should Be Achieved at the Same Time
This is rarely the case. While some children magically get daytime and nighttime potty training at the same time, most children manage to achieve daytime toilet training before nighttime toilet training. In fact, many children continue to have accidents at night through to around five years of age.
If your child is potty trained during the day but still has accidents at night, don’t stress out. It’s completely normal and your little tyke will figure it out when they’re ready.
5. Your Children Should Always Come First
This is a slippery slope because you’ve committed to having children and being the person they rely on for care and guidance. At the same time, you can’t take care of someone else if your own health and mental wellbeing are suffering.
When you find a good balance between taking care of yourself and taking care of your family, you teach your children that it’s possible to love and care for others while still making yourself a priority.
6. Sugar Makes Kids Hyper
There is actually no evidence that feeding kids sugar makes them hyper. Now, if your child is hungry and hasn’t eaten in a while, their energy level may increase after eating, which could be mistaken for hyperactivity. Ideally, you want to feed your children a balanced diet, with sugar being but a small part of the equation – not because it makes them hyper but because it’s simply not good for their bodies.
Parenting will always be a challenge?, but with these myths debunked, we hope it’s a tad easier from now on.