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This is the emotional stress parents impose upon their children and is often related to academic performance, extracurricular activities, social standards, appearance, friendships, and romantic relationships.
Certain parenting experiences might prompt you to pressure your kids to make different choices, such as when:
You may feel that your own choices could make their lives easier, more successful, or earn you the admira
There are two main forms of parental pressure: direct pressure and indirect pressure.
Excessive or inappropriate parental pressure carries many mental health consequences for kids as they grow up.
Studies suggest that children who grow up with parents who yelled, shouted, or verbally humiliated them may have a greater likelihood of experiencing challenges such as:
Parents might feel the need to pressure their children for many reasons.
Criticism drawing attention to your child’s mistakes or behaviors that bother you can cause your child’s defenses to go up, perpetuating what originally sparked the criticism.
Instead, try praising your child for what they do well. Studies recommend working your way up to offering four times more praise than criticism.
Parenting with praise may boost your child’s confidence and improve your child’s academic performance, reinforcing their belief that they can do the work and be successful at it.
You might be tempted to intervene in your child’s life out of a sense of duty or control, such as:
But if you help make your child feel capable, they’ll be more motivated to solve problems in the future. Consider talking with your child about solutions to their problems without attempting to solve them yourself.
Authoritative parenting — rather than authoritarian parenting — is tied to high self-esteem in children. When parents are overly controlling, children can lose faith in themselves and their ability to do things or listen to their own feelings.
Instead of telling your child that it’s your way or the highway, try setting house rules with their input and enforce them consistently.
It’s easy to assume that your child is a smaller extension of you who feels the same way you do about the same things.
But when you give credence to your child’s feelings instead of seeking to control them — even when they’re not the same as yours — you acknowledge that they’re their own person.
Validating your child’s feelings and keeping communication about emotions open and honest can help your child learn to trust their gut in life
Sometimes the most important life lessons are the ones we end up learning the hard way.
Parental pressure may come from good intentions, but it can hamper a child’s self-esteem.
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