“You’re Perfect…And Other Lies Parents Tell: The Ugly Truth About Spoiling Your Kids” author Loni Coombs stopped by with a “wake-up call” for parents. As a former criminal prosecutor, mother and stepmother, Coombs says she’s witnessed too many times the shockingly negative effects of what most parents feel to be the very best parenting techniques. They think “I’ll give my children what I never had, I’ll pave their way to success, I’ll take care of their problems,” and then they’re blindsided by their children’s utter helplessness when it comes to thriving in the real world, their inability to get and keep a job, even their unexpected run-ins with the law.
She says that the ugly truth parents need to face is that telling your children that they are perfect and shielding them from the consequences of their actions is not good parenting. She says you have to strike a balance between building self esteem and building self control.
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