Raising children isnít easy. As parents, we are expected to do a lot of things for our children to insure their safety and wellness. Sometimes, itís tough to know what is right for them, and what isnít. After all, they have technology available to them that we never had. They also have a lot more distractions than we did. They are consumed with stuff! These things in life donít always scream "hey, this is really going to hurt them later on down the road!"
So what are the essentials in life, in order to raise a happy and healthy child? I wanted to make a list of the most important things to remember, since life is so busy. I wanted to show parents that simple is best, sometimes, and raising a child in this day and age doesnít have to be so difficult.
Here is a list of ten things we need to do with our children, to make sure that they will be well- adjusted, and to give them the best chance at life, when they become adults.
1. Establish a daily routine. Be consistent with the routine as much as possible. Children become grounded if they have a routine to look forward to and depend on. It is a form of security for them. It gives them stability and relieves stress.
I saw the need for this in my own son. My ten year old son is very forgetful, and when I add more tasks into his daily life, he starts to forget the normal expected tasks, one by one. When he had sports or team practices, he was stressed out and couldnít sleep. He would forget his homework the next day and even his lunch. On the days when there was no practice, he was much better.
We had to sit down and talk about this and get a hold of his fears and his worries. I had to help him remember things and be his cheerleader to encourage him. We were both looking forward to the end of the season, and we arenít sure if he will play that sport again. It was too time consuming with 3 hour practices after school almost every day. He had to have his down time, and this sport was getting in the way of his brain being able to function correctly.
Be sensitive to your childís personality in regard to what they can handle. Sit back and analyze if this is worth it, or if it is affecting their stress level and school work.
2. Read with your child, or read to them, every day. Find a book that they are interested in and finish it together. A book opens their mind and lets them experience things that they havenít lived yet. Reading also helps in school, and that is always a good thing!
I noticed that my children had a hard time finishing books that they started. They always wanted to quit after the third chapter. I had to encourage them to finish what they started. At the second or third chapter of a book, the characters have rarely even introduced the challenge in the story, yet. They hadnít even given the book a chance to get good! Donít let them quit.
Get involved in the book with your child. This is a way to make memories with them, and help them to finish the story. Itís best to read at night before they go to bed, to calm their mind. It gives them something good to dream about. At the end of the book, they have a sense of accomplishment that is so valuable as a teaching tool.
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