But as soon as I thought about it, I felt a sense of doubt and clicked through to read the article anyway.
It seems that I do indeed have a number of bad parenting habits that I need to surrender. Want to know what they are?
1. My Tech Addiction
Yep, I have a bit of an addiction to my phone when I’m at home. But, I would like to state that when we are out at the park, library or similar, I make a big effort not to look at my phone and focus on Elliott enjoying himself (the only time I’ll use it is to take a phone call or take photos). It’s all about mindful parenting and enjoying the moments.
But, back to my use at home, it is an addiction. My phone is the first thing I look at when I wake up and I’m on it off and on throughout the day. The thing is, I know it’s not setting a good example and I need to be mindful of that.
Ask Mr. G and he’ll agree that I have a bit of a lead foot. Hey, I wanted to be a race car driver (not). No, it’s because my life is just too fast sometimes, too much happening, sometimes I’m in too much of a hurry. I don’t do it all the time, but I have done it. Not only is it setting a bad example, it’s not safe either. Naughty Eva.
Oops. I’ve been catching myself out quite a bit lately saying ‘shit’ a lot and correcting myself saying ‘oh uh, I meant ship’. Elliott is at an age where he repeats everything we say, so I really have to watch myself.
4. Watching TV
This was a topic that we actually spoke about on the radio today (I was on a parenting panel on ABC612 Brisbane). One of the Mums said that she and her husband don’t watch TV at all anymore and that the benefits are huge. They have more deep and meaningful conversations and are able to properly switch off. The other thing that came out of the discussion is that if parents are seen to be watching less TV, then it sets a better example for kids.
It’s not a secret that I love a good glass of red wine. Heck, I even have friends contact me to suggest a good wine for their wedding or other event. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or bad? But, when times get stressful and I just need to wind down, I often reach for a glass of red. It’s not a regular thing but I”ve recently started to worry about how Elliott sees it, me having a glass of red and Mr. G enjoying a glass of rum and coke.
To be honest, I’m not sure what to do with this yet. But what I do know is that I’m of the opinion that it goes a little too far to stop the drinking in front of Elliott completely because whether or not we do it, alcohol will end up being in his life anyway, directly or indirectly. I think it’s about being responsible parents, drinking responsiblyand setting good examples.
There you go, I’ve had a little bit of a confession today and now I know what I need to work on, I’m far from a perfect parent.
So tell me, what bad parenting habits do you need to ditch?