You may not want to admit it, but if your child is showing signs of being a spoiled brat, maybe you’ve done something wrong as a parent? Yes, we all want the best for our children, but sometimes our best intentions can lead to negative effects. Parenting styles can vary greatly, but they all have an impact on children’s development and behaviour.
Spoiled children exhibit behavioural problems from being over-indulged by parents. And, unfortunately, they grow up to be spoiled adults – characterised as being disgruntled, complaining, and discontent, often hungry for more and more attention and possessions. This can all be avoided by encouraging resilience in young children.
Some parents believe they should not always be blamed for their child’s outbursts or unruly behaviour. The child may outgrow certain traits or mature over time, they argue. But one thing is sure: “difficult” children do exist.
Although it’s normal for children below four years old to act out every now and then, there does come a point when parents must also realise that their little angel seems to be sprouting tiny red horns. Perhaps it’s time to re-evaluate things. Take a deep breath, be humble and open, and be willing to change, mums and dads. Remember none of us are perfect and we are all learning how to do this parenting thing right. The pitfalls are many, but the reward – a strong, independent and resilient child – is worth the hard work.
Here’s a list of 10 mistakes too many parents make that actually encourage bratty behaviour.