Ever lepak at a mamak late at night and there’s an infant crying at a table nearby? Ever seen young children wandering around without supervision while their parents are busy playing with their phones? Happens too often right?
Haiya, these parents ah, if we say anything, they say we busybodies! All we can do is stare and shake our heads in disapproval. Just look at these bad parenting examples we see all around us ever so often:
1. Smoking in front of their children
Smoking in front of your children is one the worst things you can do as parents. Secondhand smoke is especially dangerous for small children as it may cause:
- For infants, it may lead to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
- Ear infections
- Coughs and cold
- Respiratory problems such as bronchitis and pneumonia
- Tooth decay
- Long-term exposure could even lead to lung cancer, heart disease and cataracts!
Furthermore, a study in 2013 shows that most children with smoking parents will pick up on the bad habit when they grow up.
So please, just stop smoking!
2. Bringing their young children to the mamak late at night
A crowded, noisy place is not where a toddler should be way past their bedtime! Worse, there are even Malaysian parents who bring their young children to the bar or club.
Here’s why this is dangerous:
- It exposes children to secondhand smoke and its hazardous effects.
- A crowded place exposes children to infectious diseases, which their young immune system can’t handle!
- It sets a bad precedent for them growing up as they will find going out late at night as something normal.
- It will disturb their sleeping schedule and affect their health and ability to make good choices.
Speaking of good choices, please make the right choice dear Malaysian parents and let your children have the amount of sleep they require. 🙂
3. Putting their children on a leash while shopping
Okay, so you’re scared that your children will get lost when shopping at a crowded mall, but putting a leash on them mayyy be a little excessive.
Many advised against the use of the leashes as itrestricts the kid’s freedom, which doesn’t help the children learn about their environment. Not to mention that most Malaysians find it very demeaning to the toddlers!
Holding hands instead of putting them on leashes would be a better method as it keeps the kids close to the parent. Imagine someone running between the leash and causing an accident!
However, if you think child leashes work for you, there’s absolutely no stopping you! To each their own!
4. Letting them stare at a phone/tablet screen for hours
By far the most common bad parenting example on the list, you can practically see it everywhere nowadays! The negative effects of this practice are well-documented such as:
- It’s a health hazard. A 2008 study found that children who used cell phones extensively experienced more sleep disruption, restlessness and fatigue.
- It affects their academic performance. Time spent on homework is reduced, exam results suffer due to poor preparation or fatigue from using their smartphone.
- They are exposed to inappropriate content. Even with parental control turned on these devices, the chances of inappropriate content to sneak in are still high, like the recent infamous “Momo Challenge”.
Recently, a top UK therapist even likens it to giving your children “a gram of cocaine” due to its addictive nature. Yikes!
5. Bringing children to the cinema to watch a horror movie
Okay, this particular one really grinds our gears! First of all, it’s against the rules to bring children into these movies, but somehow parents still manage to sneak them in.
It not only spoils the movie-going experience of others, but it could even potentially scar your children for life weh!
Why not just bring your children to a PG movie that’s wholesome for the whole family? A horror film even scares adults (like us) sometimes!
Well, if horror is just your thing and you want to share it with the whole family, why not visit LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort for their awesome Brick-or-Treat festival this Halloween month?
Throughout the entire month of October, the whole of LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort will get a complete makeover and turn into a spooky yet kid-friendly park for their Brick-or-Treat festival!
This year, families and their little monsters can look forward to fun and educational activities such as:
- Hut Activity Trail, a fun unique challenge where you have to complete tasks at various checkpoints.
- Take Instagram-worthy photos at the Castle of Grim!
- Catch a glimpse of your favourite LEGO® characters in action at the daily Monster Parade!
- Spooky Live Shows, a ghoulish good time with The Dancing Dead and The Monster’s Show!
That’s not all! Every Friday and Saturday, there will also be a Brick-or-Treat Night Party where there will be:
- Speed Building Challenge, where kids can put their imagination and innovation to the test.
- Brick-or-Treat Trail, where kids can test their problem-solving skills.
There will be prizes worth up to RM500 and various Brick-or-Treat giveaways for participating kids to win too! Woah!
One of which is the Best Costume Contest where the best dressed little munchkin will bag an amazing prize!
For this holiday season, families should take advantage of LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort’s incredible promotions as per below:
Oh, and did we mention that entrance is FREE for children aged 3 to 11 this 1st to 30th October if they’re dressed in a full Halloween costume?!
Awesome! LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort is all about encouraging children to imagine, innovate and inspire, while connecting families through a quality and awesome holiday experience. Now, that’s something a good parent would do!
Ticket prices and more information available here at LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort’s Brick-or-Treat festival!
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