A huge part of parenting is helping your child navigate the problems and obstacles that they will face in life.
Of course, you have to let them handle a lot of them on their own, but you also need to be there to give them advice when the situations are new or especially complicated.
However, when you give advice, some of it will be good and some of it will be bad.
Some bad advice we often give our kids are...
- Keep your focus on your future
- Push through stress
- Keep yourself busy
- Focus on your strengths
- Be aware of your weaknesses
- Look out for yourself
Instead, we should tell our kids...
- Live in the moment
- Learn to relax
- Learn to enjoy doing nothing
- Learn from your failures
- Give yourself compassion
- Be compassionate to those around you
Read the full story at Psychology Today
Listen to Gary and Shannon's full conversation with Justin, right here!
To hear more of Justin's take on bad advice we give our kids, and other parenting topics, you can check out all of his stuff at The Dad Podcast
Check out his latest episode with Dr. Jay about about acne and teens, flu vaccine, diet, and tattoos and piercings for teens.