This mistake goes hand in hand with the previous one. Thirty years ago, young people had essential skills, but that is not the case with today’s generation. Nowadays parents step in much too quickly to solve their children’s problems, without giving the child or teen time to think of a solution on their own. We surround our children with excessive “care,” and take away the possibility of resolving difficult situations, thus ruining their decision-making skills.
The sad thing about this is that our children grow up expecting mom and dad to always come to their rescue. Take this into account, because this doesn’t happen in the real world. Running to their aid too quickly will make your son or daughter ill-prepared for being an adult.
Avoid letting your child manipulate you. In life, he or she will have to overcome many obstacles, and pampering him or her too much might be detrimental. Therefore, learn to say NO. Next, your child needs to learn to fight for what he wants or needs. If you have more than one child, it’s common to reward them all at the same time, and that is confusing for them. When you do so, you miss the chance to show them that making an effort and behaving well reaps rewards. If one of your kids does something good, it’s unfair for you also to reward the one who did not.
No matter how much we try to keep our kids safe from harm, we live in a risky world. As parents, we try to make sure that our children are safe from everything, but it’s important that we allow them to take risks. Great, otherwise unforeseen opportunities often come from risk-taking. We tend to think of risk-taking as a negative, often regarding it as dangerous and even unwise. While some risks don’t pay off, it’s important to remember that some do. Help your child reframe the concept of risk and see that it can be a great opportunity to succeed.
As a parent, it is not your fault that you are part of or contributing to the Generation Z cohort. The children of this generation can become responsible adults, with tremendous social value and it is our responsibility as parents to guide them.
Unfortunately, some of us are raising individualistic, self-absorbed children. This is also the generation that has adapted to technology to the point that they depend on it. Because of this, some of our children have poor communication skills, person -to-person interaction. If as parents we want to form this generation properly, we must work harder than previous generations. Many children of this generation have a disregard for education and employment, believing they aren’t important aspects of their lives. They don’t consider education to be a means to survival. We should do everything in our power to help them understand the value of education and hard work.