Every parent wants to pass on different values to his or her children. These values often depend on the cultural background of the parents or the era in which the children grow up. However, there are a few things that parents should avoid, because they always have negative or even dangerous consequences for the development of children. Do you want to know what these things are? Then read on below.
1. Not prioritising sleep.
It happens all too often that parents think sleep is not important. That may be because parents are simply not very interested in setting a bedtime for their children, or because the day-to-day planning of their children is too busy. This is unwise, because children really need their sleep. A lack of sleep can have a negative effect on a child’s behaviour. Namely, brain function will deteriorate and the child might put on extra weight over time.
- Experts recommend at least 8.5 hours of sleep for teenagers and 11 to 12 hours for children between 5 and 12 years old.
- It is also a good idea to make a daily schedule together with your son or daughter, in which you also record his or her bedtimes.
Continue reading on the next page. Number 3 on the list in particular is something that ALL parents should stop doing!