Recent research suggests that high-pressure parenting might have a negative impact on children, increasing the risk of many health issues, such as social anxiety and depression.
According to the experts, these parents put their children under a tremendous amount of stress when it comes to school performance and other activities, and the problem is that kids won’t be able to cope with this stress.
A group of Hong Kong researchers conducted a study during which 130 couples were analyzed. Also, their children’s median age was 11.5. Based on the findings, the team established that 46 couples were anxious about the academic performance of their kids.
In addition to this, their children had an elevated risk of suffering from depression and other health issues caused by emotional disorders.
More than fifty percent of the kids from the anxious parents’ group had problems with social life, academics, and other things related to discipline. Also, high-pressure parenting had a negative impact on 70 percent of kids.
More precisely, they had disciplinary problems, including lying. On the other hand, just 28 percent of kids whose parents were more liberal had disciplinary problems. The scientists explained that some parents usually show anger and yell when they observe that something is not right with their kids, instead of trying to be compassionate and understanding.
The researchers stressed that parents must be aware of the fact that high-pressure parenting will make things worse because some kids will become depressed, and they will no longer listen or trust their parents.
The team suggests that adults should take a different approach to their children’s issues by adopting the 3B4A tactic, which means three breaths, Aware, Accept, Analysis, and Action. This way, they will remain calm.
If parents are aware of the fact that their children will come across difficult situations, they will accept that they need be understanding. Then, by assessing the situation in a calm manner, the parents will be able to find the best method to help their children.
Specialists say that in this case, everybody wins. Healthy parenting means that children and parents communicate all the time by being open. Every kid feels the need to be understood and supported, so parents should think twice before expressing their anger.
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