Putting themselves before their child.
Bad parents let their kids run wild, better parents tell their kids to work hard, stricter parents make sure their kids work hard, but what very few parents do is, in a compelling way, show their kids what they are working so hard for, what the consequences are, and then lead by example.
unprotected sex, no abortion
Trying to make life do easy tor their kids that when they face the real world they can 't function.
Not being parents and taking the role of leadership.
Listening to all the suppossed experts about how to raise a child! 20 experts will give you 20 different answers as to what is right.
I coached minor hockey for over 30 years. Started when I was 16 (1972). The downhill slide in parenting is alarming since that time. Too many parents now try to be their kids friend instead of their parent. Kids are being taught by their parents that they are the most important person in the world. That automatically means that everyone else is less important. When i was coaching hockey, I would sometimes coach kids 10 or 11 years old, and I was the first person who ever said NO to them. Obviously with 15 kids on a team, everyone can't just do what they want, but some kids were used to doing exactly what they want all the time. Too many parents now also spend too little time with their kids and try to compensate by giving them "stuff". The kids have these things handed to them and never have to earn anything. In school, the teachers are not allowed to fail them and they turn out totally unprepared for the real world. Ever wonder why there are so many people in their late 20's and early 30's living in their parents' ba<x>sement? They never learned discipline, never learned a work ethic, weren't taught that the real world does not include a free ride. Parents wanted to give their kids more than they had as a child, but too many have, in doing so, ruined the child's prospects for any kind of success later on in life. The lessons they did not learned at home will be learned, but much more harshly in the real world!
spoiling their children and not teaching them the values of hard work and being kind
None because life happens whether you want it to or not
They do not listen or interact enough with them.
if you play cop you get robber... trust.
the biggest mistake of my parents is me
Not enough structure and action=consequence discipline.
The BIGGEST? That would be abuse of any kind.
The biggest mistake in my opinion is that some do not actively listen to what their children are trying to say. It might not seem important to you as an adult but to the child it is, or they wouldn't be telling you it in the first place.
Most often its having kids at all. Many people have kids because they feel its some sort of mandate or tribute to they're futility and sexuality and they really don't want them nor should they have them.
Becoming parents when they are either not ready for that change in their lives or do not really want children at all.
Not truly following what the Bible says to do...