Children are impressionable. They are influenced by the adults in their lives, and there is clear evidence that they are mostly influenced by their parents. Parenting, therefore, is a task that determines how every person and citizen will turn out.
Bad parenting is a topic that has been discussed for decades but seems not to be going away anytime soon. Negative parenting, as it can also be called, encompasses several things that culminate in parents not providing the right guidance for their children from the early days to when they are young adults.
As stated in the paragraph above, negative parenting takes several forms. In its basic form, it happens when the child is not reprimanded or punished for their mistakes. On the other hand, it can happen when excessive punishment is administered to the extent that the child becomes damaged psychologically. Child abuse is an entirely different level of negative parenting.
For years, parenting has been studied by psychologists, and it has been found that negative parenting affects children in various ways. Some of the effects of negative parenting on child psychology include:
Children who exhibit antisocial behaviors care nothing about how their actions can hurt others. Inconsistent and hard parenting, as well as parental drug abuse and domestic violence, lead to this problem.
Children who were not properly brought up are never resilient. They can’t cope with social, emotional, physical, and behavioral hardships. This results from not teaching a child coping skills as well as not being responsive in times of need.
Poor parenting also results in child depression. Such factors as low levels of overall support, parental depression, physical punishment, and unhealthy expression of negative emotions contribute to depression in children.
Aggression is another psychological problem suffered by children who were and are being denied proper parenting. It has been found that children who have poor relationships with their mothers tend to be more aggressive. When parents express negative feelings towards their children and have serious conflicts with them, the children eventually become more aggressive.
Negative parenting also exposes the child to feelings of helplessness. In the early days, when they are dependent on their parents’ poor treatment, which is a part of negative parenting, it makes them feel lost and helpless. This feeling of helplessness mostly follows the individual into adulthood.
There you have it! Above are some of the effects of negative parenting on a child’s psychology. Bad parenting is among the leading causes of mental issues such as depression, aggression, helplessness, and more. As parents, we should learn to use more of good parenting when training our kids.