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10 signs you’re being too strict as a parent

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You decide everything for your child. They can’t question your rules, and you make sure to know what exactly they are doing and hold them accountable. If they miss out on any rule, you punish them.

Does it resonate with you? That’s how a typical strict parent behaves. But is that the right way of parenting?

Can it do any good for the child or will it harm them? This post answers all these questions in this post. Read on.

What is strict parenting?

Strict parenting involves rigid enforcement of rules and restrictions on a child’s behavior, choices, activities, and even their everyday routine.

It is characterized by high expectations and has severe punishments as a consequence of failing the set standards and rules.

However, the word ‘strict’ is subjective as there is no formal manual to follow for parenting. Parents following the same style as you do will not consider you to be strict. But other parents may.

Signs that you are a strict parent

You may not always be aware that you are being too strict in the name of protecting your child. So, look out for these signs of a strict parent:

1. Your child is the first one to leave a party and come back home. You set a time for your children/teens to come back home from a party, and it is so early that they are the first ones to leave every party.

2. You do not allow your child/teen to have a sleepover or hang out at night. Going out with friends is never encouraged, and staying back at a friend’s place cannot even be thought of.

3. You agree to your young one’s demands only when you are in a pleasant mood. Your children do not consider you approachable. Rather, they are afraid and wait for you to be in a good mood before asking anything.

4. It’s always one time. You will allow your teen to go out only once a month but not on all the weekends.

6. You never had ‘the talk’ with your teenager. For some strict parent, it is too personal to talk about puberty and you can’t imagine being friendly and open with your teen. So, you leave it for them to figure it out.

7. Only formal conversations. During family dinners, you only discuss their grades and school, and never about their social life.

8. You still choose for your teen. You do not allow your teen to wear anything of their choice. And if they do, you give not-so-nice remarks.

9. You won’t take anything ‘unacceptable’. You cannot imagine your son or daughter getting their hair dyed or wearing ‘revealing’ clothes. Such actions will have strict consequences.

10. Your kids are uncomfortable with you. Whenever you are around, your children are not comfortable expressing their ideas, laughing aloud or talking to their friends.

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Hypertension: 3 fruit juices that may help regulate blood pressure levels

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Unhealthy eating habits, long working hours, and stress are some of the factors that have led to a number of lifestyle diseases; hypertension being the most common one.

Hypertension develops when blood imposes a greater force on the walls of the arteries, which leads to rise in the blood pressure level that crosses the top borderline range of 140/90 mmHg.

Blood pressure is basically the pressure that is levied on blood vessels as the result of blood flow and contraction and relaxation of the heart.

Hypertension, in its early stage, does not pose any serious threat. However, if it is not treated in time, it can lead to cardiovascular problems like heart attack and heart stroke.

That’s why a high blood pressure patient is advised to follow a healthy diet and include foods that are known to curb hypertension.

A balanced diet consisting of a mix of nutrient-rich foods can help a great deal in managing hypertension. Doctors advise consuming more foods with potassium and avoid foods with high sodium content.

Apart from healthy meals, salads and fruits, juices made from some fruits may do wonders to keep hypertension in check.

Here are some fruit juices that may help regulate blood pressure levels-

1. Pomegranate juice

Pomegranate juice comes packed with essential vitamins and potassium that helps in smooth circulation of blood. Pomegranate juice is also known to fight and eliminate ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme) – an enzyme that stiffens the blood vessels that leads to a rise in blood pressure.

Cranberry is a nutrient-dense fruit but its high content of Vitamin C is what makes it a great food for hypertension. Low-calorie cranberry juice helps in dilating blood vessels and proper circulation of blood.

3. Orange juice

This refreshing juice made using Vitamin C-rich fruit – orange – contains potassium, folate and natural citrus bioflavonoids, which help keep blood pressure levels low, improve metabolism and help in maintaining sound heart health.

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Fear commitment? Here’s what you need to know about Gamophobia

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Are you afraid of dating and committing to a single person? Do you have a fear of saying “yes” to a marriage proposal?

When a relationship becomes serious, do you always break up? Then maybe, just maybe, you are a Gamophobe.

Gamophobia is the fear of commitment or the fear of marriage. A Gamophobe is one who has Gamophobia.

If you’re afraid of becoming emotionally and/or romantically involved with another person, then my friend, you’re a Gamophobe.

Do you still have doubts about your Gamophobic status? Let me give you a few signs of Gamophobia.

  • You’re always insecure in relationships
  • You’re unstable emotionally
  • You have intense fear of falling in love
  • You look for reasons to break up when the relationship is getting serious
  • You have trust issues
  • You get easily gets depressed when talking to someone new
  • You have this anxiety about settling down

Having said all that, the fear of commitment/Gamophobia can come in three forms:

1. Fear of intimacy/Genophobia

Genophobia is the fear of having sex.

When one is frightened by the thought of having an emotional or sexual relationship with another person, that’s a sign of Genophobia. In some cases of Genophobia, you might yearn to be intimate with another person but when it’s time to get down, you’ll find yourself drawing back. Childhood abuse is sometimes a major cause of this.

2. Fear of inhibition

When you shoot your shot and get turned down, you’re likely to feel sad and embarrassed. That feeling of embarrassment is called inhibition.

As a result, the fear of being ignored, embarrassed, or not receiving all of the affection you deserve in a relationship can lead to gamophobia.

3. Gynophobia and Androphobia

Gynophobia and Androphobia are the fear of women and men respectively. Gamophobia and commitment troubles might arise from someone who despises the opposing gender.

Now that we’ve looked at the forms and signs of Gamophobia, let’s have a look at the causes.

Oftentimes, bad experiences from previous relationships can make you lose interest in commitment, and this can gradually turn into a phobia.

  • Bad childhood experiences

Growing up in an unhappy or broken home can make you become a gamophobe. Being abused as a child emotionally, sexually or physically, also triggers gamophobia.

Someone who is naturally uncertain about themselves or other people can struggle to remain committed in relationships. This is not about their partner, it is always about their personality.

Are you Gamophobic and think you need help?

  • Surround yourself with couples in a happy relationship, and;
  • Try consulting a therapist.
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4 types of men women admire easily

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Romantic attraction is a complicated thing that scientists still don’t completely understand.

But, through research and experimentation, they’ve come up with many ideas about what draws one person to another.

Below, are some insights about the traits and behaviors that make men more appealing to women.

1. Men with beards

If you are a guy and you don’t have beards, please try your possible best to start keeping beards because ladies loves guys with beards. Ladies find guys with beards attractive.

2. Successful guys

That’s not to say that serious can’t be sexy, either. You may have heard that celebrities are attractive, and a big part of that is that, well, success is sexy. When you can do things that other people can’t do, when you can blow people’s minds, drop people’s jaws or make them stop and stare, you’re going to have a much easier time dating.

3. Good looking guy

Good look can be a factor, but they’re not as important as you may think. Women typically choose better-looking guys for flings, not long-term relationships.

4. A man who is persistent

The way to be persistent without looking needy is to be charming. Asking a girl out multiple times isn’t creepy if you find a way not to be creepy about it. What helps with this is always having a smile, and not looking disheartened if things don’t go your way. Being able to move on and try again is powerful as it shows the girl that you have core confidence and small things don’t shake you.

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