Are You a “Bad” Parent? New Childcare Expert Data May Surprise You

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Bundoo experts reveal today three of the most common parenting behaviors that have negative long-term repercussions on your child. This announcement coincides with National Child Safety Protection Month.

 “A parent is the most important person in a child’s life,” said Bundoo behavioral health specialist Raquel Anderson, EdD, LMHC, NCC. “It’s never too late to make changes to ensure you’re raising your child in a safe, healthy, and loving environment.”

Many parents firmly believe spanking is an effective discipline tactic. This subject is often fiercely debated. But medical experts are almost unanimous in their opposition to spanking. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), spanking is linked to everything from an increase in aggressive behavior to possible mental illness.

There is no “magic number” for how many hours a day you should spend with your child, but it’s important that you are focused and engaged. Child neglect is the most prevalent form of child maltreatment in the United States. According to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System, of the approximately 899,000 children in the United States who were victims of abuse and neglect in 2005, 62.8 percent (564,765 children) suffered from neglect alone, including medical neglect.

The AAP recommends that children watch no more than two hours of television per day, while kids under two shouldn’t have any screen time at all. Excessive viewing can increase weight gain and aggression, and decrease vocabulary, math skills and attention. Simply stated, watching too much television (and eating too much junk food) can impact your child’s overall health and performance in school.

All parents make mistakes, but avoiding some of the biggest can help ensure a healthy and happy environment for your child.