Tough love start early
As a parent, your first instinct might be to protect your child from anything bad, to create a safe environment for them, in which they’ll feel secure and loved. Many parents confuse taking care of their child with spoiling them to the point that they can’t deal with the outside world and they don’t know when to use tough love. That’s where the tough love approach comes in handy. Goals start early. Your goal as a parent should be to teach your child discipline.
To help them understand why it’s so important to be able to get up early in the morning – even though they might not feel like it – and go to work – even though they might prefer going to the cinema, instead. Its best to start teaching your tough love when they’re still young. The older they gets without that essential lesson hard to learn it.
Start early at home.
Love should, however, not be confused with negligence or abuse. Strong parents are loving but strict. They don’t enjoy taking privileges or punishing their children but realize that’s part of the parenting process. If your child fails to do their chores once in a while, you can let it slip. If your child is, however, chronically lazy, you need to adopt the firm approach for every skipped chore. If they’re not done in time, privileges are taken away be it a phone or hanging with friends.
Tough love parenting should start early in nuturing environment.
Parents Children will Rebel
Most children would rebel against the tough love approach. But it is also true that all of them would later agree that this was the right thing to do. Tough love parenting would give your child a better start in life and help them develop a stronger personality, self-control and determination.
Even though I’m not a parent yet, this makes a lot of sense. Tough Love is important to toughen up the skin.
Nicole, you like it and thanks for your support.
I am definitely a believer in tough love and not just for kids 😉 And I think some parents really do their kids a disservice by not holding them accountable for their actions, even when they are small.
Jaye, Tough love it is a struggle for some parent best to start early.
Yes, I agree. The earlier you teach your child discipline the better it is. Great point!
Miles, Glad you find this post interesting. Earlier we start to be firm but gentle discipline our children the better.
Discipline is important. Kids need structure.
I agree that teaching discipline early is very important. This just helps the children grow into a better person.
Celeste, kids need structure and discipline helps. Thanks for support.
I don’t know that I like the phrase “tough love”, I think it may have a negative stigma, but I totally agree the article and the need to teach discipline without being harsh. Children are people too after all and we want them to be able to deal with their environment now and in the future coping with others, besides just those in our household. Thank you for sharing.
Lacey. The word “Tough Love” may have negative stigma but we do not have to act in a harsh manner. Discipline in a firm but gentle approach. Thanks for your support.