Behavioral Definitions

1. Lack effective parenting strategies and the ability to set reasonable limits for the child.

2. Verbalize unclear boundary definitions and fail to differentiate between the parent and the child's needs, interests, and problems.

3. Place pressure on the child to achieve or excel, creating an anxiety-ridden parent/child relationship based on conditional love.

4. Maintain low expectations of and fail to reinforce the child's abilities and achievements.

5. Neglect the child's basic needs for food, shelter, nurturing, and guidance.

6. Overprotect the child, leading to dependency, low self-esteem, and a lack of responsible behavior in the child.

7. Use harsh and punitive discipline resulting in fearful, manipulative, self-protective behavior, and/or retaliation from the child.

8. Implement polarized approaches to parenting, creating isolation, confusion, triangulation, and hostility among family members.

9. Child lacks the ability to function independently at home, school, and in the community.

Confident Kids

Confident Kids

Although nobody gets a parenting manual or bible in the delivery room, it is our duty as parents to try to make our kids as well rounded, happy and confident as possible. It is a lot easier to bring up great kids than it is to try and fix problems caused by bad parenting, when our kids have become adults. Our children are all individuals - they are not our property but people in their own right.

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