Have You Tried Tough Love?
@ Pritika Nair · Wednesday, Feb 10, 2021 · 2 minute read · Update at Feb 10, 2021

If you have never been hated by your child, you have never been a parent.

As much as any of us wouldn’t want to be in a situation where our kids blurt out a “I hate you” or a more subtle “I don’t like you”, take a minute to think over the quote you just read above.

Have you heard about tough love? Well, it’s the best gift you can ever give to your children. As a parent, you love them unconditionally, without a doubt. But that, in no way, should ever stop you from being hard on them at times.

And even more than showing firm behavior, what’s important is to remember to never feel bad or guilty about it later on. Again, as a parent, you may sometimes fall prey to the motherly (or fatherly?) emotions inside you, which prick you from within when big teardrops start trickling down those small innocent cheeks.

At that first conscience prick, my friend, say this to yourself -

“I won’t feel bad. Let them cry for a little while. It’s going to help them grow into stronger, well-mannered adults tomorrow. If I don’t be hard on them today, they’re going to learn it the harder way from the insensitive society outside."

This very thought changes it all. I found another quote below that aptly reflects what’s been my #1 learning in my parenting journey -

Don’t handicap your children by making their lives easy. [Robert A. Heinlein, American Science Fiction Author]


Talk to Your Kids, Often

So, What’s the Moral of the Story?

Why Kids Keep Asking ‘Why’ and How to Deal with Them

Are You A Mindful Parent?

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