“It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them” – Benjamin Franklin
Good habits go a long way in establishing the child’s personality. The child tries to emulate his parents and other elders in the family; so as parents you need to practice what you preach. Habit becomes second nature through regular practice. As parents, you should also make your child understand the reason behind developing the habits, so that he will be convinced that this habit is good for him. Don’t forget to reward or appreciate your apple of the eye if he acquires the habit and follows it sincerely.
Acquiring good habits or manners are part of the learning process. Parents can make the learning exciting and fun by interacting with their children. Try to be encouraging and affectionate while teaching good habits for kids. Be firm if they are not following your instructions, but don’t discourage them with negative comments. If your child is attending pre-school then talk to his teacher and cha
From the moment your kid calls you mommy for the first time, you will have a million things planned for his future. However, don’t impose your will on your child and also try to understand his problems and desires. As a mother, you would want your kid to be successful and happy as he grows older, and you’ll do your best to make that happen.
It is vital to encourage good habits of children in their early years. The habits learnt in this phase will stay with him for the rest of his life.
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25 Ways to Ensure Good Habits in Your Kid
It takes time to acquire a habit and the parents need to be patient with their children. Keep repeating these habits every day so the child inculcates it more promptly. Sometimes, parents are not aware what habits they should teach their children. So to make things easy, here is a list of 25 good habits you can teach your child daily.
1. Keep Things Positive:
Having a positive frame of mind is extremely essential for you as a parent during your child’s initial years. Everything you teach him now will leave a mark on his thought pattern. The last thing you would want is to see your kid take the route of pessimism and depression as a teen or an adult. Adopt a positive frame of mind yourself, and make sure the environment at home is happy and comfortable.
Often, children who develop suicidal nature and tendencies to harm themselves the root causes usually lies at home. These could be many, such as not finding comfort or safety in the place of upbringing. So make sure your home is an abode where your kid feels safe and comfortable.
In the book titled ‘Purposeful Parenting: Strategies for Raising Children Who Achieve’, Dr. Rose T. Watson states that those children who are cuddled and communicated with in a regular basis grow up to be more confident individuals. This also paves the way for a positive environment at home. Children also need their own furniture and toys, they feel secure in their own space.Dr. Watson suggests parents to use the furniture and toys to teach responsibility within the household, like teaching the child to keep the toys back in the right place after playtime is over.
Parents should also maintain a library at home and give their children learning tools so that your child succeeds academically. As parents encourage your child to search meanings of new words in the dictionary and also find answers to their queries in encyclopedias. This will teach your child how to do research. Books bring order and discipline at home.
Also help your child to make routines and create a designated time for study and play, this will teach your child the value of discipline. Never use slang words or fight in front of your child, this will vitiate the positive atmosphere of the house and the child will learn the wrong things. Children who experience domestic violence grow up to be insecure and violent too.
Here are some points you can keep in mind as parents to maintain a positive atmosphere at home:
- A positive, calm, nurturing and comfortable home environment improves parental vision.
- You should encourage cooperation and not competition.
- No coercion and only communication is advisable.
- Don’t call your children with negative names. Use respectful and encouraging words to foster a feeling of security and trust.
- Always be approachable and amiable. Your children should feel free to communicate with you and ask their queries. Be like a friend to your child.
- Be a patient listener and give importance to your child’s opinion. Also explain your viewpoints.
- Your children should contribute according to their abilities.
- Never compare your children since each child is unique. Recognize and appreciate his individuality.
- Spend quality time with your children and also keep separate time for family activities.
- Believe in your children and the children will believe in themselves. Look at their talents and achievements and not their failure.
- Encourage the children to learn from their mistakes.