After quickly becoming a parent after I had just began to experience my teenage years, I was able to see many common misconceptions parents have about their children. Mainly because I was still a child myself, I got to experience both sides of the relationship. Many parents seem to take common aspects of a parent-child relationship for granted and do not always remember they were blessed with the child, the child was not blessed with them.
A huge misconception I see, and have even experienced myself as a child, is children are automatically told to respect their parents. But how can this be so? Respect is not something a child is born with, respect has to be earned, even in the case of children and their parents. If a parent is disrespectful to their child how can they expect their child to respectful to them? Respect is a two way street and if you yourself, as a parent, wants to be respected by your child, try showing them the same curtsy.
Another misconception is children are born to love their parents. Although almost all children are very loving, this sensation is not a feeling a child is born with, instead something that must be acquired through bonding. How can you expect a child to love you, if you do not show the utmost love back?
I think it is very important as a parent to remember these things. This does not mean you have to become a door mat. You can still keep your authority as a parents while remaining a respectful and loving relationship with your child. I guarantee if you do these two things, you will have a much stronger and emotional bond with your child.