7 parenting behaviors that might keep your child from becoming a leader


Kathy Caprino of Forbes magazine recently interviewed leadership expert and best-selling author Dr. Tim Elmore about how “we as parents are failing our children today – coddling and crippling them – and keeping them from becoming leaders they are destined to be.”

Here are 7 damaging parenting behaviors he said are keeping children from becoming leaders.

  1. We don’t let our children experience risk
    Removing risk from their lives will likely cause high arrogance and low self-esteem
  2. We rescue too quickly
    When we rescue too quickly and over-indulge our children with “assistance,” we remove the need for them to navigate hardships and solve problems on their own.
  3. We rave too easily
    Raving too easily and disregarding poor behavior can lead children to learn to cheat, exaggerate and lie to avoid difficult reality.
  4. We let guilt get in the way of leading well
    Your kids will get over disappointment but they wont get over the effects of being spoiled
  5. We don’t share our past mistakes
    Share how you felt when you faced mistakes, what drove your actions, and the resulting lessons learned.
  6. We mistake intelligence, giftedness and influence for maturity 
    Intelligence is often used as a measurement of a child’s maturity, and as a result parents assume an intelligent child is ready for the world. That’s not the case.
  7. We don’t practice what we preach
    Watch yourself in the little ethical choices that others might notice, because your kids will notice too.

You can read much more about these 7 behaviors and Dr. Tim Elmore at Forbes.com



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