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6 Bad Habits Parents Should Break

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I'll be the first to admit that I'm far from being a perfect parent. I have faults and imperfections like every other human being on the planet. It doesn't make me a bad person, but I'm willing to change things up a bit.

Here are a 6 bad habits parents should consider ditching for the sake of their children.

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1. Being self-deprecating

I want to teach my kids about self-confidence, and that lesson starts with how I perceive myself.

I've heard other parents talk about their weight around their kids and it makes me sad. I want to say, "Hey, don't talk like that in front of your kid." But I can't exactly walk up to someone I barely know and say that.

We all have those days where we don't feel our best. But rather than make digs at ourselves, say something nice. I do this all the time and it works! I want to teach my kids about self-confidence, and that lesson starts with how I perceive myself.

2. Swearing

We've all had those moments when we let a bad word slip out. Just the other day, I tripped over my son's toy car and hurt my foot. Sure enough, I cursed. Yes, I said the "S" word. It was an involuntary response to the sudden sharp pain I felt ricocheting from my toes up to my leg.

As parents, we deal with moments of frustration that may cause us to curse. Whether it's not getting our kids to sleep or dealing with a child throwing a tantrum, we've all been there and it sucks. I'm certainly not proud that my kids have heard me say bad words, and that's why I'm on a mission to get my potty mouth under control.

3. Being late

One of the best lessons a child can learn is punctuality. While things can happen that are beyond our control, making an effort to show up to places on time is key. Not only does it teach them responsibility, but it also sets them up to having successful careers.

4. Bad eating habits

If you're a parent who overindulges in fast food and a lot of sweet treats, you may want to put the brakes on those bad habits. Kids are a reflection of their parents. If you eat a lot of junk, they're likely to eat a lot of junk, too.

Don't get me wrong; we've all had those moments of weaknesses where we grab an extra slice of cake or scoop of ice cream. That's OK, just don't make a habit out of it because it may rub off on your little ones, and could affect their overall health in the long run.

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5. Watching shows not suitable for kids

How many times have you had the TV set to a channel that's not age appropriate? It happens more often than you think. Even though your kids don't seem like they're paying attention, you'd be surprised at how much they actually pick up. So you're better off sticking with programs that are suitable for kids while they're awake. Once they hit the sack, feel free to catch up on your favorite shows.

6. Forgetting to say "I love you."

No matter how crazy your day gets, don't forget to say those three words. I didn't realize how much my daughter looks forward to me saying "I love you" until I forgot to say it one day.

If you're not used to telling your kids you love them, make that one of your goals for the new year. Showing kids you love them through words and actions will make them feel appreciated. The same goes for mommy and daddy, too. Kids also need to see how much their parents love each other.

Rome wasn't built in a day, and these changes will take some time. So, let's keep working through changing our bad habits one at a time.

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