4. Material Rewards

As you can see, I’m listing only the frequent parenting mistakes I’ve experienced or seen in person and this is one more I have to mention – material rewards.

Success is a reward on its own so, don’t spoil your child and lead him or her to believe success means nothing if there are no material things to back it up.

I’m not trying to be all preachy and “I’m so smart” now, I just had a friend whose parents have used this strategy to get her to study and, once the money stopped pouring in, she had no motivation to go on.

Instead of feeling proud for passing an exam, she felt sad because that winning didn’t come with the new, shiny Miss Sixty boots.

Sometimes you have to sweat three times just to see the first results of your efforts and sometimes, there is no financial gain at all or at least not immediately.

Does that mean you have to stop trying?

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