Have you ever noticed how absolutely everybody and their mothers become experts on parenting as soon as you become a parent?

Everyone from your parents to in-laws to friends to random people on the internet will have your back with parenting tips, tricks, hacks, general advice, stuff they read or heard on Facebook or any other piece of trivia from the entertainment section of your local newspaper.

But be mindful. The stuff they tell you might sound like something a good parent would do, but it's only deceptively good advice. Luckily, folks on Reddit have been pointing out bad parenting practices that, on paper, might sound quite nice to some, but really aren't, and more people should be aware of that.

The now-viral thread has nearly 14,000 upvotes with just one Reddit award, but it's the award that matters. Bored Panda has gathered the best of the best responses and laid them down in the curated list below. So, scroll, vote, comment, all that jazz, and share your "good" parenting advice that's actually not-so-good advice in the comment section below!

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#1

Demonize Sex

Demonize Sex Sex is a dirty, embarrassing off-limits subject that they are never mature enough for you to discuss it with. Good way to ensure your kid grows up with some form of bodily insecurity and you're also leaving them to learn about sex/sexuality from their peers or the media, the two most destructive sources imaginable.

Tell your daughter "that boy hurt/teases you because he likes you!". Sure I get the surface idea of "making a negative seem positive". But it's a good way to end up confused as to how she ended up with an abusive boyfriend later in life.

I'm sure this'll get reddit readying their best super original "attack helicopter" jokes, but the whole "boys = blue/action toys, girls = pink/frilly princess things" needs to stop. Just let the kid be a kid. If he wants a barbie, cool. If she wants to play football, cool. Your kid won't grow up wrong if their room isn't colour coded and your child's masculinity/femininity is none of your business anyway.

anon , Wilson Lau Report

TCW Sam Vimes
Community Member
2 months ago

We call it the blue/pink trap. Don't fall for it.

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#2

Distract A Tantrum With Candy

Distract A Tantrum With Candy Divgirl2 said:
If they are throwing a tantrum, distract them by giving sweet treats or a new toy.

[deleted] replied:
My nephew is two. Whenever he throws a tantrum, his parents say fuck it and give him candy because they don't want to deal with it.

When he throws a tantrum at my house, I let him cry it out for a little while then offer him water. Works like a charm. He stops crying, he learns to do what I ask him to when I ask him to, and we get to hug it out in the end.

Susim-the-Housecat replied:
Get ready to become his favourite person.

My nephew was the same and I was strict when i needed to be and kind the rest of the time. I swear every other adult in his life was the opposite, they'd tell him off for accidents and mistakes, or just from doing normal kid things, and when he threw tantrums, they'd give him sweets to shut him up. When his parents asked him to do things, it was always a struggle, so they always called him a bad kid. when I ask him to do things or calm down, he does it without question, and when we're together he's a freaking angel, he's not a bad kid at all.

Now I'm his favourite person because for a long time I was the only one that gave him the kind of structure and attention he needs.

Plus playing minecraft with him doesn't hurt.

Divgirl2 , feel-the-silence Report

Weed in the Garden
Community Member
2 months ago

You're MY favorite uncle! Yo're absolutely right, kids need love and structure and playtime with grown-ups. The addition of Mine Craft makes you, well, awesome.

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#3

Don't Let Your Kids Fail

 Don't Let Your Kids Fail Don't let your kids fail.

The worst thing we can do as parents is never allow our kids to fail. We only fail them, as parents, by never allowing them to face disappointment and are robbing them from the ability to learn some basic life skills. Let your kids fail, fall on their face, pick themselves up and rub the dirt off.

anon , moonjazz Report

BadCat
Community Member
2 months ago

Making mistakes and failing is how we learn.

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#4

Always Tell Your Kids To Finish Their Food

Always Tell Your Kids To Finish Their Food Always tell your kids to finish their food. This honestly just promotes obesity and an unhealthy lifestyle, although I get the idea of telling them to finish what's on their plates.

cairenebitch , Virginia State Parks Report

IamMe
Community Member
2 months ago

I've found that small kids usually don't eat a lot all at once, but if I put it in the fridge, chances are they'll want more in an hour or two. It's easier, and cheaper than throwing it away, and buying separate snacks, that will also end up half eaten. Once they are teens, however it's the opposite. They'll finish their plates, ask if there's any more, and still be hungry.

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#5

Have A Second Kid, So They Can Babysit Each Other

Have A Second Kid, So They Can Babysit Each Other [deleted] said:
Have a second child so they can babysit each other

[deleted] replied:
Lol my brother is 9 years older than me. He was always supposed to be my babysitter.

When I was 6 (so Kiki, my bro, was 15), my parents went away on a trip and left him in charge with a list of chores.

Well, I ended up doing most of those and making dinner for us. And when I was done, I walked two blocks to my friend Anne Marie's to go play. Kiki was asleep, so I didn't tell him I was gone (it was like noon).

Kiki received a very angry phone call from Anne Marie's mother, who yelled at him that he needed to be actually watching his 6 year old sister. She also called Mom, who called Kiki to yell at him again. Poor boy cried!

14 years later and when it's just the two of us taking care of a task ... I'm still in charge. He may be my older brother, but sis is the one who gets things done. I love him to death though!

anon , Andrew Report

BadCat
Community Member
2 months ago

I was a teen mom and I went to a school for teen parents. I had just 1, but there were girls there on their 2nd, 3rd and one was having her 4th kid. The audacity one girl had to tell me I was "selfish" for not giving my kid a sibling so could have a playmate. Of course I couldn't see my face but I must have been looking at her like she dropped in from another planet.

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#6

Don't Defend Bullied Kids Because "Kids Are Being Kids"

Don't Defend Bullied Kids Because "Kids Are Being Kids" watermelonpizzafries said:
Kid is obviously being bullied on a playground. Adults brush it off as "kids being kids".

Pokabrows replied:
Or if a boy is bullying a girl and they say 'oh he just likes you'. Don't teach kids that people show affection by bullying. That's setting them up for bad relationships.

watermelonpizzafries , Thomas Ricker Report

Bubbles and sparks
Community Member
2 months ago

My son was subjected to bullying at school when he was a kid. When he was doing volunteerwork at an elementaryschool he'd walk around the schoolyard and always adressed the children and the situation when he saw this... even when the teachers walking around would brush it of, he'd persevere in trying to bend things around the right way again.

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#7

Don't Let Kids Date Until After High School

Don't Let Kids Date Until After High School Not letting them date until after high school.
That one backfired on my parents in a big way lol

Edit: ok so I didn't elaborate because I didn't think that many people would be interested hah.

Technically, I wasn't allowed to date until after college. I wasn't allowed to go out with my friends very often during high school, so I would have to pick and choose what events I wanted to ask to attend because they would be angry if I asked too often. The easiest way to deal with this at the time was by lying or sneaking around- sometimes I would say I had an after school club to go to but that was hard because I would always need a ride home and my dad started work right after our school ended.

I ended up dating a guy in high school and since we were never able to go out on actual dates, he would just come over after school and leave before my parents got back for dinner. I did leave the house once in awhile but not very often because I was so paranoid about being caught and because we didn't have a car. So this leads to sex, which I was definitely not ready for or even want at the time (don't worry, it wasn't rape- he did get my consent although he didn't really respect my boundaries but that's not the issue here).

Anyways, I met my current SO in college and we've been dating 6 years but my parents only know about 1 of them sooo yeah.

Moral of the story is restricting me from boyfriends did not stop me from sex, and now I have trust issues with my parents.

vButts , Oteo Report

BadCat
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

The overprotection of teens wanting to date is nauseatingly cringy and not even funny at all. Not to mention the "I got a 68 calibre and a shovel. I doubt anyone will miss you." bit. Knock it off. Girls get it , too, from the bf's mom. "If you get pregnant, you're gonna do a paternity test because no hoe is gonna ruin my son's life."

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#8

If Your Kid Bites You, Bite Back

If Your Kid Bites You, Bite Back goldilocks22 said:
My dad, a psychology professor, told me that if my child bit me, I should bite him back.

poorexcuses replied:
My mom hammed it up when we bit her. She would be like "Oh ow~! It hurts!!!! Why did you bite your mommy???" and we were like oh no oh s**t my mom is sad I f****d up. Babies aren't so good at empathy but they do know when mom is upset.

Piorn replied:
It's like raising kittens really. Playtime ends when they use their claws or teeth, sooner or later they'll play nice.

goldilocks22 , Toshimasa Ishibashi Report

BadCat
Community Member
2 months ago

I swear this is a cultural thing. My family never does this but there's a certain group of parents I saw brag about biting their bitey kids.

Valdemar
Community Member
2 months ago

It works though seen it with my wife and daughter when she was a baby with a few teeth. Wife did it lightly but firm, daughter looked startled then wife said no several times and it never happened again.

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Kathleen Schwark/Steppler
Community Member
2 months ago

Well, my experience was different. My son was a toddler and just kept biting me. I tried everything thing, crying because it hurts, telling him that he hurt me so I didn't want to keep holding right then, yadda yadda. He was so sweet, but he just kept biting me. It was odd because he didn't bite other people, until he bit his younger cousin. So, the next time he bit me I finally gave him a controlled bite right back, and... he never bit me again., or anyone else.

Kitty White
Community Member
2 months ago

I’m with you 100%! My oldest was the sweetest, giggling-est, most good-natured kid you’d ever want to meet. One time when he was a toddler, we were visiting my family from across the country, he found out that biting (quite hard, too) one of his aunts, uncles, or grandparents got a big reaction from them. He liked that reaction, and then found out that it was greater if it was what you could call ‘a sneak attack.’ He’d be sitting on someone’s lap watching cartoons, and then suddenly chomp down on their arm. I was positive that he didn’t realize that a bite HURTS, despite everyone telling him that it did… I ended up doing exactly what you did- a “controlled bite” is the perfect way to explain it, too. He’d just bitten my forearm. I looked him in the eye, picked up his forearm, and bit the fleshy part. When I saw the surprise register on his face, and that he now understood that biting was painful, I stopped. He never bit anyone after that.

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Benita Valdez
Community Member
2 months ago

I mean I nibbled my nephew but never because he bit me; he thought it was hilarious that I was trying to eat his fingers. Biting a kid back for biting is like hitting a kid for hitting; hypocritical and usually backfires in the end

Adam L
Community Member
2 months ago

I "bite" my toddler son(3) to get some belly laughs by only using my lips, no teeth. He hasn't bitten anyone with his teeth in over a year because he learned teeth are not play, they hurt.

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Bérangère
Community Member
2 months ago

Don't see an issue in this. My mom did it to me and my 3 brothers. We never bited her again. Once my brother bited me, my mother bited him as a punishment. We never hurted each other again. We are all adults, we love each other, and we love our Mom.

Pauline Evans
Community Member
2 months ago

Bit

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Deborah Harris
Community Member
2 months ago

I used to be a biter as a child, my Mother told my Auntie to bite me back after I bit her and she was like Cujo on my arm ... I did stop biting, but I really hate my Aunt lol

BluEyedSeoulite
Community Member
2 months ago

I've pinched my 2yo back because nothing else worked in getting her to stop pinching my boobs and inner arms with her nails when getting her to sleep. Nothing hard, mind you, but she learned it didn't feel nice. She has a habit of grabbing, pulling, scratching and pinching moles too. Now she is old enough (still 2) that I just tell her it hurts and it stops. We're slowly working through her angry hitting phase...

Brenda
Community Member
2 months ago

After a certain age, when they should know better, giving them a light touch so they realize how it feels, won't hurt. I'm talking 3,4,5. Son bit a kid at daycare, 4yo, knew better. Other boy had bitten a few others. Son bit him back (no marks) and told the teacher. I get a call. Kids mom is furious. Her kid had no marks; mine had broken skin & teeth marks. Kids dad alsothere, looked at them both, asked what happened. After hearing the story, looks at his son and told him he had been warned about biting and got what he deserved. Both kids were punished by the school (no afternoon recess that day). Director said kid didn't bite after that (but still misbehaved).

Kris Bienkens
Community Member
2 months ago

I used to bite my brother. Doctor told him to bite back. He did. I stopped biting him.

Lydia P.
Community Member
2 months ago

I'd say this isn't always toxic. I think other routes to stop biting such as acting really upset to show the kid it isn't okay should always be considered first but I actually had this happen to me as a little kid. When I was like 4 I bit my brothers quite frequently when they did something I didn't like. My mom scolded me a million times but I never listened because I thought "it doesn't hurt when I bite myself, so it must not hurt other people" so one time my mom got really fed up and she said "yeah it doesn't hurt when you do it to yourself but it hurts when other people do it to you!" And I didn't believe her so to prove it she bit me (gently but enough that it got her point across). I never bit my brothers again after that. However, that being said. This was after my mother repeatedly tried other things and was not a first resort. Also I was being so smart about the whole thing that I'm pretty sure I gave her permission to bite me because I was so convinced biting didn't hurt.

Sheila Perri
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

It worked for me. 3yr old bit her baby sister, and the 70lb dog, so it was imperative that she learned before the dog taught her. Just saying no and explaining didn't work. I had to do it only once. I asked how it felt, and how she thought it would feel if the dog bit her. Also explained that whatever she did to sister or dog, I would do to her, so she would know how it felt. Great first lessons of empathy and the Golden Rule. She learned to stop and think of the consequences of those impulsive mean actions. Ha ha, she didn't like having her ears pulled, either.

Kyla Skiles
Community Member
2 months ago

I've tried empathy and I've tried crying and saying ow my soon to be 2 yr old son just laughs and does it again? 😩

Eliza May
Community Member
2 months ago

Bite hard enough for them to feel it and be uncomfortable, but not wound them - you love them and it is not to punish them. But there isn't really another way for a child to learn what being bit feels like. Empathy isn't always automatic in people.

Markus It/Its
Community Member
2 months ago

Just me who's confused by the kittens thing? I don't think it's the same thing at all. They're predator animals, they play fight. I'm confused

Mika N
Community Member
2 months ago

It's fine for them to play-fight each other and its awfully cute when they're wrestle your hand while super tiny (and not very sharp yet) but you do need to teach kittens at an early age that they can't play with humans that way. It's not nearly as fun to have an adult cat that tries to aggressively play fight with your hand and uses nails and teeth!

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Cathy Hurd
Community Member
2 months ago

My aunt told me if my son plays with matches burn his fingers. Um, NO!

Gilmore Girls
Community Member
2 months ago

Uh... WTH?

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Somebody Someone
Community Member
2 months ago

I know a guy who went to prison for biting his kid

Ambry Petersen
Community Member
2 months ago

Biting no, you have tons of germs in your mouth. However the method worked very well for teaching my daughter to not pull my hair. However you must be very careful to be alot more gentle about it than they are. The trick is to let them see that it's uncomfortable, but not pull hard enough to hurt them. (Don't try make them cry. That would mean you did it too hard.)

Laurie Valencia
Community Member
1 month ago

Those "tons of germs in your mouth" are not an issue when biting your child back. Nobody here that I've seen is talking about biting so hard you break the skin! I bit my daughter back just hard enough for her to know it hurts. It took a couple times but she stopped. I would have never let someone else do that to her though. Some people are just idiot a-holes and might really hurt your child.

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Sweetheart _Daddy
Community Member
2 months ago

Of course I would NEVER do that to someone else's kid

Laurie Valencia
Community Member
1 month ago

I would never babysit any child that I wasn't allowed to spank. That being said, I would NEVER have done it. It was just an intimidation thing that made the kids behave better. I also would never have let someone else bite my kid if my kid bit them. I would do it because I know I'm only going to let them know it hurts and not truly harm them. Someone else... Who knows how hard and far they might take things.

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Sweetheart _Daddy
Community Member
2 months ago

I did this with all 5 of my kids whenever they would bite or pull hair I would do it back to them not hard or anything just enough to get their attention and let them know not to bite or pull hair because it hurts. All of them only did it 2 or 3 times tops and never did it again

SirWriteALot
Community Member
2 months ago

Never been bitten by a kid!

Jane Alexander
Community Member
2 months ago

Home from work, clothes off, flopped on the bed with a book. Puppy nipped me on a sensitive place on my (f) chest. My impromptu Yelp got the point across, she never nipped me again.

Terry Tobias
Community Member
2 months ago

This is kind of turned around, but my mother once told me that when she and her sisters were little their cocker spaniel bit one of them. My mom said her sister bit the dog back. Small children do actually mimic others, even when it's a dog!

Irishwoman abroad
Community Member
2 months ago

This doesn't even work when training dogs, so why woukd it work with a human baby? Give them something cold to bite on, like a teething ring from the fridge, because chances are their teeth are why they're doing it (babies AND dogs!). Plus, a firm NO.

Jean Conlon
Community Member
2 months ago

Ferrets play by biting HARD. FERRETS have tougher skin. Ferants MUST SOCIALIZE their fur babies by handling and training them properly. Are humans any less in need of training....not violence or pain but TRAINING. There ARE METHODS. TAKE THE TIME TO LEARN THEM.

Lydia P.
Community Member
2 months ago

Ferants instead of ferret parents made me smile.

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I Am LoKitty Of Meowsgard
Community Member
2 months ago

No one said bite them hard, you're not trying to leave marks or break skin or anything like that. It's applying a little pressure, enough to get that oh, this could really hurt, reaction. Some kids will never get it that biting hurts someone else until they have it happen to them. And it's either going to be you doing it in a controlled way, or someone else doing it out of anger.

SillyPandaBunny
Community Member
2 months ago

Babies aren’t so good at empathy but they know when mom is upset? That is empathy. What was this person trying to say???

Destinee Davis
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2 months ago

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Ashley Jernigan
Community Member
2 months ago

I mean I've done it when I was a young teen mom, that's what my baby dad's mom said worked for her with him. But as I got older I was like why don't I just explain it to my child? And ya know what? It works way better than biting, Because biting can become a game.

Dina B-Berd
Community Member
2 months ago

The “intervention” is based on the assumption that the child or baby has the ability to manage theory of mind. Depending on the level of object permanence this child has mastered, this advice could be just straight up stupid and teaching more bad behavior. The “hope” is an aha moment of “oh that’s what it’s like.” But that is assuming a lot about the child and their cognitive strengths. It’s a c**p way to develop that skill.

Tota Mostafa
Community Member
2 months ago

I've never heard about this before... This just SCREAMS WTF?!

Lara Kristelle
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh I love that raising kittens analogy.

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
2 months ago

Dad needs to read more up to date journal articles. Things have changed since he was in college.

Daniel Starrett
Community Member
2 months ago

Just because there are more snowflakes in the world, doesn't mean we need to dress more warmly. In other words, just because you don't like the idea, that doesn't mean it's a bad idea.

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Deborah B
Community Member
2 months ago

All it teaches is that biting is something that mommy/daddy does too, and kids learn by imitating, so guess what? they keep biting. Go with encouraging empathy "Oww. That hurts. Why did you bite? We don't bite other people. We are kind to each other."

Ladytron
Community Member
2 months ago

I honestly don't know why you are being downvoted. I don't know about the "keep biting" but I never bit my kids back and they stopped biting anyway. Small kids don't really understand how bad it hurts, same with hair pulling etc. so they experiment. When they are old enough to understand they stop, at least mine did. And when they are that age your explanation sounds very accurate. Didn't have to punish them by biting them back ever.

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Whos Whoo
Community Member
2 months ago

I don't believe your dad told you that or that he's a psychology professor. Biting is aggressive behaviour is not normal and you're probably either a disturbed person or an idiot who thinks making comments like this is harmless .

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#9

"Do As I Say, Not As I Do"

"Do As I Say, Not As I Do" morph023 said:
"Do as I say, not as I do"

biddlyboing replied:
Ah, sounds like what I got told.

"A child is to be seen, not heard"

And by seen, they meant sit there listening in patiently as they talk for hours on end about the local gossip. And get told off for being anti social if I get a phone out or book, or God forbid "hide from them" when I went to the toilet.

morph023 , Arvin Asadi Report

The Fabulous Killjoy
Community Member
2 months ago

Kids start habits by watching their parents. Even if you tell them to not do what you do but listen to the things I tell you. Kids always listen. The pick up on things and learn things through parents.

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#10

Make Your Kids Show Affection To Relatives, Friends, Etc.

Make Your Kids Show Affection To Relatives, Friends, Etc. geauxjolie said:
Make your kids give hugs and kisses to show affection to relatives, friends, etc.

BurdenofReflecting replied:
I've always let my son decide who he wants to hug/kiss. He can say no. It teaches him he's allowed to have boundaries.

Pitboyx replied:
Autonomy in general is very important in addition to supporting the decision as long as it's reasonable.

geauxjolie , Virginia State Parks Report

Benita Valdez
Community Member
2 months ago

My nephew is 4 and he went through a phase where he didn't want to hug or kiss anyone but his parents. Made me sad but we never forced the issue and though now I have my hugs and kisses again, we also do little headbutts; lightly tapping heads. We started when he didn't want to hug and he thought it was great; he knows he can only headbutt me without asking first

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#11

Let Toddlers Play With The Phone To Calm Them Down

Let Toddlers Play With The Phone To Calm Them Down waldo06 said:
Let your toddler play with your phone to calm them down.

sfasancy replied:
My 2 yr old niece was playing with my brothers phone and ended up on Instagram liking dudes pics.

waldo06 , Donnie Ray Jones Report

BadCat
Community Member
2 months ago

LOL Teaches them right. Whatever happened to giving kids books and constructive toys?

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#12

Constantly Tell Kids They're The Smartest

Constantly Tell Kids They're The Smartest ninjanikki91 said:
Constantly tell your kids they're the smartest kids ever.

robbythompsonsglove replied:
F**k, this is the worst. My 9yo is struggling because we were so nice to her and so impressed with her intelligence. 3 siblings later, and any day without being the smartest and best becomes a problem.

ninjanikki91 , Martin Fisch Report

S Mi
Community Member
2 months ago

Check out growth mindset. Praise kids for learning (and not always succeeding), rather than intelligence

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#13

Keep Your Kids Extra Clean And Away From Allergens

Keep Your Kids Extra Clean And Away From Allergens [deleted] said:
Keep your kids super clean and away from potential allergens.

StuntGunman replied:
If your children don't come in contact with germs they won't have any immunities to them! So many kids my daughter plays with are obsessed with hand sanitizer and so have to keep explaining to her that it's bad for her to use.

[deleted] replied:
We never use hand sanitizer at home so whenever we go to the hospital or doctors office my oldest hits up every single dispenser. Every. Single. One. Even if they are only 10 feet apart and we pass 20 of them on the way to wherever we are going.

It's the only time I don't mind him overdosing on sanitizer.

anon , U.S. Department of Agriculture Report

BadCat
Community Member
2 months ago

I used to eat gummies I found on the school ground when I was in Grade 2. Gross, I know. But I didn't think about germs and all that. To me, as long as it looked okay and no hairs and stones it was just fine to me. Never got sick from it.

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#14

All Of The Authoritarian Parenting Advice Out There

All Of The Authoritarian Parenting Advice Out There wepwepwepwe said:
All of the authoritarian parenting advice out there. Be strict, use time-outs or spanking or whatever at the slightest provocation, don't let your kids have any freedom or privacy, "my house my rules" and so on.

Mulanisabamf replied:
I heard "my house my rules" until I left the parental house at 20.

I still have trouble communicating and setting boundaries, especially with people I think are authority​-like.

[deleted] replied:
I know exactly what you mean. My parents demanded instant, unquestioning obedience as long as I lived under their roof. Failing that, I was yelled at to go to my room, "stop talking foolish talk", or stand in the corner (this until I was 17 or 18) Today I can't approach my boss without thinking I'm saying something stupid, doing my job badly or worse, "being disrespectful".

I realize this is probably mild in comparison to some people's experience, but I just needed to get this off my chest.

wepwepwepwe , Nenad Stojkovic Report

BadCat
Community Member
2 months ago

It's never just "my house, my rules". It becomes "I made you, so you're my kid and I own you." My mom would never say 90% of the s**t she shames me about my home to her friends about their homes.

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#15

It's Ok To Lie To Your Kids

It's Ok To Lie To Your Kids [deleted] said:
My mom always says this one: "When you have kids, lie to them. Lie through your teeth".

No Mom, no.

koolbloo replied:
When I was in elementary school I asked mom one day why she sometimes used pads and tampons. Without a second thought she told me that she used them because "she couldn't hold her pee sometimes."

Let me remind you that this happened wayyyy after my potty training.

She realized that she really shouldn't have lied to me when she found out that I was using her pads in order not to pee on myself (I think I thought "if mommy couldn't hold it as a grown up how the hell am I supposed to hold it as a child?"). Also because she purchased perfumed pads, I put some of them in my drawers because come on, they smelled nice. So before mom ran out of her pad stock, she decided to talk to me about why she really used them.

anon , Leonid Mamchenkov Report

BadCat
Community Member
2 months ago

So, this is why some men don't understand tampons and pads, and menses.

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#16

Pressure Your Kids Into Achieving More With Negative Reinforcement

Pressure Your Kids Into Achieving More With Negative Reinforcement When your kids achieve something great or good just tell them it ain't s**t. That way it gets them to do even better the next time!!!

... And then later in life they get to have all kinds of f****d up complexes like myself. Unable to relax with out feeling like s**t.

SkipFrisk , David Woo Report

Bec
Community Member
2 months ago

Or even if they are just excited about something, be respectful of their interest.

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#17

If You Ignore Them They Will Leave You Alone

If You Ignore Them They Will Leave You Alone If you ignore them they will leave you alone. Whoever made up this advice originally is stupid. This hardly works on adults let alone children who still don't understand the 'too far' line when joking/teasing.

pryzmly , Pingz Man Report

BadCat
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2 months ago

My mom used to do this to me and it was so frustrating because I really wanted to spend time with her but she wanted to be on the phone for 2 hours, and then she would get mad at me for making a lot of noise crying and shouting.

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#18

Lie To Your Kids To Explain Difficult Things

Lie To Your Kids To Explain Difficult Things Lying to your kids to explain difficult things.

I get that in some situations, like if someone [chooses to end their lives], telling an alternative story may be a good idea. But for 99% of situations or questions a kid asks, a parent should respond factually.

Edit: By alternative story I don't mean lying. I'm talking about simplifying words and concepts to explain the idea, not outright fabricating or denying events.

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M O'Connell
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2 months ago

The whole "you're too young for that" argument for making things up to change the subject doesn't sit well for me. Explain it like it is, if they're too young [immature] to comprehend, they'll just blink at you and change the subject themselves.

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#19

Your Child Can Never Do Wrong

Your Child Can Never Do Wrong EnchantedOcelot said:
Your child can never do wrong. Something else must be the problem.

MegasusPegasus replied:
This is very true, but so is it's inversion.

Some parents never trust their kid telling them something is wrong. From something as minor as an unfair teacher to as severe as being uncomfortable with someone who turns out to be a molester, a lot of parents just don't trust their kids at all.

Cosmic_Cowboy2 replied:
I feel like this was me, and I honestly have no idea how much of it was just default mistrust and how much of it I actually earned.

Either way, when I was 16 I was fired from my awesome summer job over a complete misunderstanding (manager offered me my job back later, bunch of people quit over it anyway). I cried after it happened, and luckily a bunch of my coworkers sat me down to talk it out. My dad, on the other hand, didn't so much as let me speak up in my own defense when he came to pick me up. He just assumed I was a horrible employee, and we drove home in one of the most tensely silent car rides of my life.

I have some self-esteem problems, as you might guess.

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Wicked Moon216
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2 months ago

Your dad SUCKS!!! I had parents like that too. You can ask them to be supportive and to believe in you. Do it at a time when everyone is calm, and just say "it really hurts me that as you being my parents that you don't believe in me. I need you to believe in me". It might work, it might not. If they start getting mad and yelling at you, just say "fine. I was just trying to be an adult and trying to communicate my needs and have a conversation. When you are ready to have calm discussion about this, come talk to me." And just drop it from there. That way you have opened the door and let them know you are hurt, and what your needs are, and that you are willing to have a discussion about it. This is how you create boundaries with people. I have self esteem issues as well, and it has taken me MANY years to learn this, and it had helped my self esteem A LOT. You have to learn how to speak up and let your needs be known (always in a calm way). Then u know where u stand. Wishing u luck!!

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#20

Staying Together For The Kids

Staying Together For The Kids It doesn't matter how miserable and toxic your marriage becomes, you need to stay with your partner to keep the family together.

Edit: I'm surprised and a bit disheartened to see how many people relate to this. One of my good friends grew up with a controlling, abusive father and parents didn't divorce until the oldest kid went to college. Her mother stuck it out because she was raised to think that a "together family" would leave her kids better off (she's since apologized to her children many times for this, but my friend is acceptable the apology very readily)

My parents have had serious marriage problems since I was in 4th grade and my father has been emotionally abusing my mother and my siblings and I for a very long time. At this point I just want them to get it over with and my father to work on his problems or get the f**k out of our lives. It was a significant factor in me developing depression and becoming suicidal at multiple points in my life.

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IamMe
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2 months ago

I grew up with a mother who was very much like a certain Aqua Man actress who's dog steps on bee's. Mentally and physically abusive to both us kids and my father, but oh,so innocent and holier than thou, in public. We told our teachers, but they didn't believe our "sweet" mother would do that. We told the psychiatrist the school sent us to, because they thought we made stuff up. We told the DCF workers who were called in when we started fighting back. She convinced them we were just bad kids. I begged my dad from the time I was in elementary school, to leave her and take us with him. He was one of those, convinced that we needed two parents, so we were stuck living like that until SHE finally left US, when I was a teenager. She went all out, too. Got a restraining order on dad and signed over all parental rights to us kids. Anyway, I have PTSD, now. I have kids, but their father started hitting me. I left him eight years ago, and have never once doubted my decision to take them away.

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#21

Withholding The Truth From Your Kids

Withholding The Truth From Your Kids Withholding the truth from your kids.

After two of my grandparents died. My parents took it upon themselves to not tell me my grandfather passed away while I was at boarding school. Got a very random text from my estranged sister saying "it's a bummer what happened to grandad".

Second time my mum texted me while I was living abroad to tell me my other grandad is in hospital sick. After an hour catch up on skype with my dad, turned out he was in hospital... But dead.

So never withhold the truth. It f***s with our heads. FOR LIFE.

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IamMe
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2 months ago (edited)

Two of my cousins lived with my grandparents. All of their animals "ran away" even the ones we ate. They were not told that my grandfather had passed, when they were in highschool, until my uncle told them the day of the funeral. I got reamed out, by my grandmother for telling one of them that his dog had to be put to sleep for biting a jogger. He was 30, at the time. Grandma had told him it was adopted by a nice lady. No, my cousin is not disabled in any way, he's just a giant spoiled man baby.

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#22

If The Baby Is Sleeping, Cue Absolute Silence

If The Baby Is Sleeping, Cue Absolute Silence "Keep the household quiet when baby is sleeping."

We are a busy household 4 dogs 2 cats a 2 year old and a 2 month old. If I want to blend a smoothie, listen to music or vacuum the house I do it. We do not tiptoe, my kids sleep through noise.

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S Mi
Community Member
2 months ago

Lol. Glad that works for you. Some kids, especially those who aren't neuro typical literally can't do this. Expecting if from them would cause am extreme amount of stress for everyone (which is why parenting needs to be tailored to the child)

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#23

"I Got Coddled My Whole Life"

"I Got Coddled My Whole Life" This post made me realise my parents didn't raise me so well.

They're pretty old, so they had old fashioned parenting methods. I got spanked until I was 7 or 8 until they decided kids were not for spanking anymore, which isn't that bad. But I also got coddled my whole life. Everything was made easy for me, and I was always told I was the smartest and prettiest and most capable. Left me with high self esteem and virtually no majorly bad experiences aside from an abusive sister, but now at 17 I'm still not allowed to do ANYTHING for myself. I'm not trusted with any tasks at all, nor am I given any freedom. Worst of all, I'm given no chances to fail because I have no choices. My mom makes all my choices forcibly so that I never suffer any consequences ever.

As for the high self esteem, I had to do a lot of therapy to recover from (among other things) the crippling realization that I am not, in fact, the smartest and prettiest. Hit me like a train, basically lost all sense of self worth for a while

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Kathryn Baylis
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2 months ago (edited)

Parenting is a balancing act on a very thin, very high wire. Very easy to fail/fall and have to get back up again. But you do get back up, because you have to; your kids depend on you.

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#24

If You Have More Than One Kid, Buy All Of Them Presents, Even If Just One Deserves It

If You Have More Than One Kid, Buy All Of Them Presents, Even If Just One Deserves It My sister has the habit of buying both of my nephews presents, but she does it in a way that she thinks is fair. I mean, say it's my oldest nephews birthday. Well she buys them both toys so that they don't feel left out. Same for the younger one. If say, one of them gets good grades or has done something good, they both get presents.

I mean, that's awesome, but I feel that that might be a bad parenting habit since she's spoiling them both at the same time. And most of the time, the oldest fights over the younger one's toys because he choose something that interested him later on. So I don't think it's working.

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IamMe
Community Member
2 months ago

Doesn't that kinda take away the whole point of a birthday? It's supposed to be a celebration of the person who's birthday it is. Letting the other child pick out a present to give to the birthday kid would probably teach a better lesson.

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#25

You Have The Right To Invade Your Child's Privacy Because It's For Their Own Good

 You Have The Right To Invade Your Child's Privacy Because It's For Their Own Good You have the right to invade your child's privacy because it's for their own good.

There are specific situations where I think doing this can be condoned. But I'm talking about those parents who go through the kid's diary, social platforms, closets, everything - just because their kid is acting secretive or because the parents "have a hunch." Children of parents like that will grow up to be mistrusting of others, among other issues. I would know, thanks mom.

Your kid probably won't act so sketchy around you if you taught them early about good communication and trust. Snooping around their stuff and not giving them their own space isnot good for either of you. Trust is not a one-way deal.

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Bubbles and sparks
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2 months ago

Sometimes I read stories about parents removing bedroom doors because privacy has to be earned... My parents were very strict, but never did they remove the door...

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#26

Using Financial Leverage Against The Child's Personal Choices In Life

I think its wrong if a parent uses financial leverage against their child's personal choices, such as where to attend college. "We won't pay for you tuition unless you do THIS, attend THIS school, and follow all of our rules".

This may seem like a well intended way to guide your children away from harm and keep them on their best path.

However, I've found that it can be harmful. Your parents try to know what's best for you, generally speaking, but it is still a form of emotional manipulation that I don't think is appropriate for a 17 or 18 year old, or anyone old enough to be making choices about their own living situations.

By the same standards, a parent might say, if you choose to marry this person, we will not help you cover the costs of the wedding.

If your parents really respect who you are as an adult, they should give you unselfish support that doesn't vary depending on how they would potentially make a different choice in your scenario.

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JMil
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2 months ago

I won't pay for a car that does not have very high safety ratings. And I'm giving my kid a higher car budget if she picks a Volvo. Because they're super safe. And I like them.

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#27

Teach A Kid That The Sun Goes Down Because It's Mad At Them

Teach A Kid That The Sun Goes Down Because It's Mad At Them extracrispyoriginal said:
Teach your child that the sun goes down every day because it's mad at them.

PM-YOUR-CUTE-SMILE replied:
Holy [smokes] imagine them freaking out during a solar eclipse.

"TIMMY WHAT DID YOU DO?!"

superjerkingoff187 replied:
Ah, this reminds me of the time where my dog [peed] on my grill and we were cooking burgers and there was flames, we in humor mode made him think that his [pee] set it on fire. He doesn't [pee] on things anymore.

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BadCat
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2 months ago

Wtf says that????

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#28

Let Kids Beat You At Games

 Let Kids Beat You At Games Let them beat you at games.

Nooooooooo. Play a game with a good handicap mechanic (randomness or explicit) that lets you beat them closer to 50% of the time and ideally lets you adjust the handicap as they start winning more. Or switch games to something more complex but keep its randomness at a level so that they can beat you legitimately but definitely not always.

They need to learn how to deal with loss, how to adjust their behavior based on what's happening to them. Forget that oft-touted idea of "teaching them that things will be handed to them" (which is true though I detest the bleak pessimism we often see it portrayed with), more importantly you're lying to them about which things that happen to them are important and can be learned from.

Put another way: a lot of parenting ideas seek to shield children from consequences. F**k. That. B******t. Also don't give them all the consequences all at once. Let them face consequences, but at a level appropriate to where they are in life and ever increasing in severity, with spikes and lulls in relative difficulty for them to handle.

Source: not a parent, but a classically trained game designer.

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BadCat
Community Member
2 months ago

I've never actually done this but I don't need to anyways. We play trivia games and she's a smart enough cookie to have her share of wins but she knows she can lose, too, and still have fun.

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#29

Give Treats To Kids Every Time They Finish A Chore

Give Treats To Kids Every Time They Finish A Chore haroldburgess said:
Give them treats and rewards EVERY time they do a chore or something around the house.

Philip_De_Bowl replied:
"Your reward is getting to live here, the clothes on your back, and the toys you play with!"

~ My Dad

iSmellMusic replied:
That's what my dad says too, but in his defense I'm now 20 and I want to move out.

Sweetune replied:
My dad told me that anyone living in his house will have to do chores.

dabisnit replied:
After the age of 18, you're no longer a resident but a guest. That's what my dad explained to me.

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S Mi
Community Member
2 months ago

People do chores because they are needed to keep the house functioning. As a member of the family, you do chores. If you don't, you may not be able to do other things (removal of fun things or ideally natural consequences go here). But also, as a member of the family. You get your needs and some if your wants met, that might include allowance. You don't get paid for chores, but its the same mechanism.

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#30

Surround The Baby With Pillows For Comfort And Safety

Surround The Baby With Pillows For Comfort And Safety Pocario said:
Surround your baby with lots of pillows so that he's comfortable and won't roll over.

themadhattergirl replied:
Also, put lots of stuffed animals in the crib with your baby!

Seriously, don't do this.

Chavezz13 replied:
How come?

epipremnumaureum replied:
Basically a risk of suffocating. You need to make sure a baby is warm and comfortable but consider that a baby can't move stuff that gets in the way.

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Weed in the Garden
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2 months ago

Don't let your baby sleep with any soft objects until he's at least 12 months old. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, pillow-like toys, blankets, quilts, crib bumpers, and other bedding increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and death by suffocation or strangulation.

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