From A Mama’s Perspective: What Are The Most Important Things To Give Your Children?
The truth is there’s no right way to bring up your children, how you choose to bring them up is up to you. Of course, as a parent you want to ensure that you can give your little ones the very best start in life. So that as they grow and develop, they become happy, healthy, and well-mannered people. A good upbringing will take your children far in life. From their careers to having their own families, their future depends on their childhood and how they are brought up.
You see, most of us acquire our life skills, including our parenting skills, from those around us. This means that often, how our lives play out is directly linked to our childhoods. That’s why as parents, it’s so important that you give your kids the best start in life. Of course, the question is how should you go about doing that? As a parent, it can be hard to know what parenting advice to listen to and what you should ignore. That being said, there are some things that all children need to grow up and become smart, healthy, and polite people, and those are as follows:
A safe and loving home
Think back to your childhood and ask yourself what was the most important thing about your home? The chances are you’ll come to the conclusion that the most important thing about your family home was that it made you feel safe and loved. Children need a stable home. Otherwise, they can end up struggling throughout life because of it. Studies have shown that kids who have safe, happy homes to grow up in, are twice as likely to be successful in adulthood. Whereas, kids who don’t come from stable homes are much less likely to be successful in life.
As a parent, it’s your job to provide your children with a home that’s happy, safe and full of love. This means ensuring that while at home, your kids feel happy and well cared for. It’s the little things that make a big difference, and it’s important to understand that. For kids, feeling loved comes from getting hugs and kisses, being able to spend time with their parents, and having someone to tuck them in at night. It doesn’t take much to make children feel loved and safe, more than anything else, it’s about being there for them.
A disciplined upbringing
There are no two ways about it; kids need boundaries. If you want your little ones to grow up to be polite and respectful people who know right from wrong, they need to be well disciplined as children. This doesn’t mean being overly strict or anything like that. It simply means teaching your children the importance of behaving in the right way. Something that, believe it or not, doesn’t take shouting and screaming, just a few well thought out rules. As well as some smart punishment and reward strategies.
When it comes to discipline, a lot of parents struggle. The most important thing is to teach your children to respect adults. Because once you’ve done that, they should behave well at home, school, and at other people’s houses. You don’t want them to be scared of adults, but you do want them to have respect for them. This means listening when they’re spoken to, not interrupting, and doing what they’re told as and when they’re told to do it. To teach them the importance of having respect a star chart can work well. When your child does as they’re told and behaves, add a star sticker or stamp to their chart. Then, once they have a certain amount of stars, reward them with a new toy or game. This teaches them that when they behave and do as they’re told, good things happen.
In regards to the people that our children develop into, self-confidence has a big impact. Something that a lot of parents don’t understand is that from when they’re born, babies and children begin to form confidence. Of course, the amount of confidence that they form will depend on how you bring them up. It might sound strange but how you treat your children and talk to them, will impact their confidence. So as a parent, you have to be careful of what you say, as well as how you treat your child.
When parents praise and encourage their children, they allow them to grow up believing in themselves. However, when parents undervalue their children, they often grow up undervaluing themselves. Because of this, they lack confidence throughout life. This can impact them in many ways, from their career success to the ways in which they form relationships. That’s why it’s so important that as a parent, you do everything that you can to ensure that they have adequate self-confidence.
A good education
There is almost nothing more important than a good education. The truth is a good education takes you places and allows you to excel in life. That’s why if you want your children to do well, it’s important that you ensure that their education is second to none. This doesn’t necessarily mean choosing a private school. Although private education is known to be of a high quality, that doesn’t always mean it beats state education. It all depends on the school that you pick for your child. From their pre-school to their high school, it’s important to pick the right place for them. As well as somewhere that offers a high level of learning, like Montessori School, for example.
By giving your children the opportunity of a quality education, you open the door to their future. The fact is a good education will take them places and will give them a better chance of achieving their dreams. Studies have also shown that children who get a quality education, are more likely to value learning and go on to study at a higher level. So if you want to encourage your children to achieve their dreams, it’s crucial that they’re getting an education that will allow them to do that.
The opportunity to discover their passions
If you want your children to do well in life, it’s important that while they’re young, they get the chance to discover where their passions lay. Allow your children to try out whatever clubs and activities they want to so that they can find the hobbies that interest them. Whether they want to play a new sport, start dance lessons, or attend a summer camp in another country, let them do it. Your child will only learn what they love by exploring the world and seeing what types of activities they enjoy doing. It may take them time to find the things that appeal to them and will continue to do so throughout life, but in time they’ll learn what makes them tick.
This is important, as only by trying out new activities, can your children start to find out where they want their life to lead. Believe it or not, the hobbies that we have as children, light the way for our futures. That’s why it’s so important that as a parent, you encourage your kids to be brave and try out new things.
A healthy mind and body
It’s no secret that leading a healthy life is important. As parents, we know how crucial it is to keep our kids healthy, and yet, far too many of us, fail to do so. The problem is that a lot of parents just don’t know how to keep their kids healthy and in good shape. The key to solving this issue is simple – feed them healthy food and be an active family. On the weekends, don’t allow your kids to spend the day in front of the TV. Instead, take them swimming, go bike riding, or sign them up for a weekend sport.
The fact is leading a healthy life isn’t just about physical health, it also impacts your child’s mental health and development. Studies have shown that kids who eat healthy foods and get plenty of exercise, tend to be able to focus better at school. Because of this, they tend to get higher grades and do better academically. As well as being happier and more confident people, who tend to be more successful in life.
As a parent, it’s natural that you want your child to have the best start in life. However, knowing how to give them it can sometimes be a struggle, especially when there is so much contradicting advice about. However, the most important thing is to do what you feel is right – no one knows your children better than you do. Treat them with love and kindness and encourage them to follow their dreams, and they should grow into happy, confident people. Hopefully, the tips and advice above has helped you to understand how to do this and will allow you to give your kids the right start in life. So that they can follow their dreams and grow into people that you can be proud of.