5 ways to unspoil your spoilt child

May 07, 2018
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    Few parents deliberately set out to spoil their child. It usually creeps up without them noticing, until one day, a good friend or close relative is courageous enough to point it out.

    Comments like “You let her get far too much for her own good” or – even worse – “Your child is a spoilt brat and it’s time you taught her how to behave properly” are bound to make you think again.

    Read on for five suggestions to help you break the pattern of spoiling:

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  • Don’t buy her what she wants every time
    2 / 6 Don’t buy her what she wants every time

    Make sure there are occasions when she does not get her own way.

    You aren’t being cruel when you do this; you’re helping prepare her for the outside world.

    Related: Toddler discipline: 10 common mistakes new parents make

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  • Point out she already has plenty of toys
    3 / 6 Point out she already has plenty of toys

    She says “I want” very easily, and may start to ask just for the sake of it.

    Every time she does this, show her that she already has lots of similar items. That helps her focus on what she has, not on what she hasn’t.

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  • Encourage her to think about other people
    4 / 6 Encourage her to think about other people

    A spoiled toddler only sees the world from her perspective, so don’t hesitate to point out how awful her friend felt when she snatched the toy from his hand.

    Related: Police will catch you! Why you should stop saying this to your naughty toddler

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  • Have consistent and structured discipline at home
    5 / 6 Have consistent and structured discipline at home

    Although you may find it easier to give in to your child all the time rather than to say “no” to her, she needs to have a clear set of rules to follow at home.

    Related: Formula milk not necessary after 1 year of age? Why Singapore parents won’t switch to other milk

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  • Don’t confuse spoiling with loving
    6 / 6 Don’t confuse spoiling with loving

    It’s an easy way for parents to say “yes” to their toddler because it avoids having to set limits, but that doesn’t mean you love her more.

    (Photos: 123RF.com)

    Related: 7 things to do when your toddler won’t take a nap

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