Any parent will be able to tell you that despite their initial beliefs, children seem to arrive with massive personalities all of their own accord. It’s not as if we have to structure their disposition from the ground up, for the most part, all we can do is influence and alter it for the better where and when we can. But children are often so energized, so interesting, and see the world in such a pure way that it’s hard not to see the best of them during these years.
But of course, personalities grow over time, and they need to be properly developed in order to live in the world appropriately. A child who isn’t given the right impetus and stimulation to develop in the right way can find themselves struggling to adapt to the changing world around them, and may be stunted when it comes to the correct social etiquette they need to display. Without proper reinforcement, small issues can become worse.
For this reason, learning to nurture your children is key. In this post, we’ll discuss how to do that and more:
Fantastic Learning Activities
It’s good to make sure that you show them the fun of learning, not just the obligation of it. Learning activities that combine lessons with play and fun tasks to do is the best way to help them see learning as something that takes place outside of the classroom too, in full terms, as a lifelong skill and practice they will enjoy keeping up with.
These lessons can be applied quite early. For instance, these 7 Fun And Easy Learning Activities For 3-Year-Olds can help you keep your toddler occupied while also learning as they play. The more you can properly curate those lessons, the better for you both.
Proper Boundaries & Discipline
As children grow, they need to grow within certain parameters. Think of this like the scented climber flowers you plant in line with a garden trellis, allowing its full beauty and nature to take proper form along necessary guidelines.
Setting boundaries, such as teaching our young children how to share, how to say no when another child is being mean to them, and how to tell a teacher or parent is essential. It’s also important to make them understand the value of routine and discipline, such as when being put to bed, or that you won’t give them attention when they throw a tantrum. These lessons can be hard to instill, but ultimately do them the world of good.
Proper Familial Exposure
It’s essential for us to spend time with our children. Without that, they can find themselves struggling to enjoy the very many benefits of the connection they have with you. This means spending time bonding with them, taking them to see their grandparents if they’re lucky enough to have them in the picture, and making sure familial visits are as frequent as possible.
Children that have access to their families in this way simply have the chance to develop in a better, more complete manner. It doesn’t matter how unique your family setup is, or what life situations may have changed it from the norm – what matters is that healthy exposure they have access to.
Retaining Their Innocence
It’s important to make sure that children are given the chance to stay as children until the appropriate age comes where they must mature. It’s unfortunate, but it does seem as though with the advent of social media, screen time, and peer reinforcement, children are aging much more quickly than they should be.
Allowing them to retain their innocence, then, is essential. This means moderating the content they’re allowed to view, limiting their screen time, setting up parental controls on their devices, and checking through their mobile phone or tech devices semi-regularly to make sure they’re safe. This can also mean protecting them from making friends whose parents do not afford any of those careful approaches. This isn’t to say you need to wrap your child in cotton wool, but healthy development demands a proper childhood is afforded to them.
To conclude – most people would agree that parenting is very hard, and children develop in all sorts of ways. To the degree that you can, using fantastic learning activities, ensuring they know their boundaries, giving them that essential family exposure they need and allowing kids to be kids is absolutely essential going forward.
This way, your lovely child has the best chance of showing their fullest and loveliest self.