What to Do and Say When Your Child Doesn’t Meet Expectations

Parents love their children no matter what, but the hard truth of the matter is that sometimes they fail to meet their parents’ expectations of them. Whether they’re having struggles in the classroom or leaving piles of dirty clothes in their bedroom, children can fall short of our expectations in various ways. If this is the case,

Re-Evaluate Your Expectations

Sometimes a child doesn’t meet your expectations because your expectations may be too high. You’ve probably heard the old saying that goes “if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” Don’t let your child be that fish: if your child is trying his or her hardest but is consistently not meeting expectations, it may be time to change your strategy.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

Not all expectations are realistic, and not all shortfalls are equal. Of course, parents should expect their child to live an ethical life, treating others with respect and following the law: that means, failure is not an option! However, if the matter in question is a low batting average or poor performance at a dance competition, try to adjust your perspective of what’s really important.

Challenge Them, but Don’t Forget To Include Love

When kids are driving you crazy, it can be incredibly hard to keep your composure and show them the affection they need to live happy lives. No matter what challenges you set in front of your children in an effort to help them grow, never forget to remind them that everything you do is done out of love. That simple knowledge can provide them with the stability and guidance they need to move mountains!

My name is Jessica Cox. I’m an inspirational speaker whose story can help parents raise children who can overcome anything. If you’re interested in having me speak at your next convention, meeting, or faith-based gathering, call me at 520-505-1359 or contact me on my website.