This is a partnered post.
When you become a parent, there is so much joy and love. But there is also a certain kind of pressure, because now you are taking care of and raising a person, who will one day live and work and do things out on their own. The pressure is that no child comes with an instruction booklet, and you want to make sure that you are raising children that can then go on to be well-rounded adults and members of society. So here are some pretty common-sense tips, based around children’s developmental needs, to give you some guidance. If you want to immediately support healthy development in your children and prepare them for real success, then read on for some ideas.
- Being able to maintain play time, as well as down time, and having family time, is something that is really important. Don’t over schedule your kids. Young children need to be allowed plenty of time for things like unstructured play, as that is something that they can really learn from. Children of all ages also need some restorative time to allow them to reflect and dream about things. Family time to bond and communicate is another aspect that is really important.
- It kind of goes without saying, but love your children unconditionally. Although this will feel natural for many, some people do slip into the mistake of putting conditions on their love for their child. Make sure that your children know that they are loved exactly as they are and that you value the uniqueness of each child
- Considering their education is something that is important too; what route would you choose to go down? Could it be something like Montessori school, public school, or perhaps even home schooling? Every child is different, so you need to look at them, as well as the school, to see what the best environment would be for them to thrive.
- Discipline is such an important part of being a parent, and in the world that we are living in, there are parents that find this aspect of parenting hard. Warmth as a parent is of course, much easier. But discipline is something that is equally important. Children need to know boundaries and limits, and they can feel more secure when they know there are these things. It can also be a way to teach children self-control and even how to control and deal with their frustrations.
- If you want to raise children that are well-balanced and well-rounded, then help them to build some responsibility at home, as well as in their community. Around the home, age-appropriate chores are a must. This helps them to follow instructions, and show them that they are part of a team, though it can be hard to let children do things when it might not be to the level that you’d do them yourselves. It is so important, though. As your children get older, then encouraging them to be active participants in their community is a great idea, which you can all do as a family too.