Problems, stress and breakdowns are a part of life. But when they start reflecting in the behaviour of parents, it can leave everlasting impact on a child’s impressionable mind. Don’t linger with your bad mood if you want your child to develop a happy personality.
Remember, you can’t fool your child
Parents feel that they are keeping their tensions to themselves, but it’s a fact that even babies can sense stress in the air. Directly or indirectly, your anxieties will be transferred to your child.
Realize, you can’t be an effective parent in a bad mood
Your upsets may make you hit or talk harshly to your child. If not that, you may ignore the child by not responding and even if you respond, the lack of enthusiasm will influence the bond between you and your child.
Be careful, your upsets may alter your image in his eyes
Your child may begin to withdraw from you, observing your ‘stressed out’ attitude and frequent ill temper. He may stop sharing with you, start feeling insecure and eventually become negative in approach towards life.
Reflect, your mood swings will affect his emotional strength
Your child grows up watching your every move. You being an idol for him, the way you handle the ups and downs in your life will determine how well he manages his own life.
Go, talk to your child
Don’t expect to be always in a pleasant mood. But whenever you are in a low state of mind, tell your child you are upset and you’ll feel better tomorrow instead of cornering yourself from your child. Talk, share and laugh with your child so that your bad mood doesn’t affect the beautiful relationship with your child.
This article appeared in Hindustan Times