- Positive Reinforcement
For a kid to grow strong and happy they need plenty of validation. During their formative years, the only moral compass a child has is the reactions they receive from their parents. Therefore, it is essential that parents let their children know when they are doing well. If your child is doing something well, efficiently, proactively, intelligently or in any way “correct” this needs to be mentioned and emphasized. Of course, if they are not doing something correct or desirable, they should not be praised. False praise can be as harmful as negative training and can lead to harmful habits throughout their young life.
- Cultivating Patience
Children are all set to be the ultimate recipients of instant gratification. This is an especially dangerous thing to be taught in this age of instant everything. Instant gratification is not just addressed it is encouraged by society today with horrible implications. It is important to provide children with the capacity to wait for their rewards to fully mature. If you can engender the capacity for patience, children will become more appreciative of the process and look forward to things in their life. A great example of this is waiting for Christmas and birthdays for gifts, find the best toys and gift ideas for 2 year old girls.
- Forming Good Relationships and Nurturing Them
Living a good life is a deeply personal decision, but good social relations is what gives life meaning. Good memories are created through the interactions between family and friends. Kids will develop binds that will form their impressions and guide their decisions throughout life so learning how to make good relations is a skill that will benefit them forever. Your love for your children should never come with any “strings attached”. Good relations and the value of building good relations is essential to empowering their identity in the short and long term.
- Developing Kindness
Kids are naturally self-centered in their early life and have little care for what does not affect their family and close circle of friends. But, it is essential for happiness and a full life to move beyond this. This is done through cultivating empathy and kindness, through which they will be able to understand a different kind of happiness that only comes from an understanding of the nature and needs of others. Taking the time to have honest communications with your child as situations develop to learn this important skill will do much to form their will in later years.
- Letting Your Child Be Independent
It is all too easy for a parent to nurture and protect their children, but if this is done in an extreme it can be very negative. This can make children irritable and very demanding and dependent on those closest to them. Rushing to stop your child from doing something that could possibly bring about a negative response can be a bad idea (unless the consequences of their actions could be seriously harmful). If you kid falls when playing, allow them a few minutes to interface with what has happened. Pretty soon they will learn to take better care of themselves and begin playing happily again.
Photo by Daria Shevtsova from Pexels