What Are the Hidden Dangers of Spoiling Your Children?
Most parents love to spoil their children in one way or another; they may share a common hobby or interest and want to indulge the child as a way of indulging themselves, or they may remember back to their own childhood when they didn’t have the nicer things their classmates took for granted.
While indulging your children in certain areas and to a small extent may be perfectly fine and may even show how much you love them, spoiling them too much, too often, and in the wrong areas can be detrimental to their emotional health.
As an example, adults typically need to face the consequences of their actions, whether that’s being in trouble with the law or facing discipline at work or alienating people close to them. However, if you don’t teach children that there are consequences to their misbehavior while they’re still children, they can be in for a rude awakening as adults.
Too much spoiling can also mean they lack appreciation for what they receive and develop a sense of entitlement. If a parent gives them anything and everything they want, why would they appreciate those things? Why would they assume that they cannot always have everything they demand? This too can mean developing some very unhealthy expectations later in life that alienate them from those around them.
Be discreet with the indulgences for your children and learn to say “no,” and be sure your children learn to work for the things they’re given. This can mean chores, a part-time job, proper behavior, and things such as these.