12 Conditions Where Parents End Up Hurting Their Children Without Even Knowing It
9Making children finish their meals
This is something common where moms and grandmoms will make children finish their food. They may try their best to convince the child to finish by coaxing, bribing, blackmail and even threats. The plate ends up clean and parents are happy but what about the child? Such behaviour by parents contributes to bad eating habits in children. While they may not learn about their bodies, they do learn how to overeat. You do not need to give a child a lot of food on their plate all at once as it is a big load for their digestive system. All their need is one meal and one drink.
According to Amy Brown associate professor of child public health at Swansea University Amy Brown says that if children know how to eat with a spoon themselves then they shouldn’t be spoon-fed. She also says that spoon-fed children tend to have weight issues in future. When spoon-feeding a child, it becomes difficult to say when a child is full thus making them overeat. Children should eat on their own do so at their own pace and also learn the taste of foods helping them adopt a healthier attitude towards food.
11Forcing children to share
Children start to treat themselves as small people and whatever they own is looked upon as things that belong to them. Thus children start regarding anyone who wants to take something from them as intruders. Not many parents know this and force their kids to share for fear of being labelled as parents of greedy children. Psychologists feel that by doing so, we raise what is known as convenient children who grow up to suit other people’s interest and don’t know how to say no to others. As such children aren’t able to recognize their own desires.
12Wrapping children in clothes when their hands and legs are cold
Just because the feet, palms and face of a child aren’t warm it doesn’t mean that the child is cold. Vascular tone and blood circulation have unique features in children. It is ok for such parts to be colder than the rest of the body. A child’s room should have a normal temperature between 68 degrees to 72 degrees F. In such an environment, children do not need socks, or even gloves because the skin needs to be in contact with air to be able to breathe.
It is very easy to overheat a child and that can be dangerous. The first signs of overheating in children are wet neck and skin color which should be pale pink in normal circumstances. Overtly red or pink skin means that the baby is to hot and some clothes need to be removed.