You’re either the favourite parent or the least favourite. Either way, parenting can be hard. That’s why we’re here to help. And not just by providing easy, flexible and extremely fun schooling options, but also by providing ideas for raising happy children.
Is your child happy?
A child’s emotional well-being is a priority for all parents. Many parents aspire to provide their child with the keys to emotional well-being: meeting their basic needs, providing a safe and secure home, and providing them with activities that will stimulate their mental development.
There are many ways that you can do this in your daily family life. Playtime and bedtime are two commonly scheduled activities. Of course, reading to children and playing with them makes them very happy. But it’s not only about fun and games; there are many more benefits for your kids. Raising happy kids takes hard work, but you can have fun too.
Read bedtime stories
From a young age, there are many benefits associated with reading to your children and encouraging them to read themselves. Children’s picture books are designed to help children develop good language skills and, from a young age, you can assist your child to learn about the world through all kinds of books. Reading books together and at bedtime, will help your child to develop a good vocabulary. Studies show that children who are read to from a young age are far more likely to continue reading into adulthood. Think Digital shares a new story in our Reading Room three times a week, which gives you the opportunity to read a new story to your child before bedtime.
Teach children sharing
From a young age, children are far more sensitive to the world around them than many adults, but they also need to be taught to care about other people. Children are naturally self-centred and not in a purposefully selfish way, – it’s just that their perspectives are limited to their subjective world view, and parents need to help them and teach them to look beyond their own concerns.
You could have a communal family toy-box that is for all your children to share – and only let them take ownership of a few select personal toys (e.g. Birthday gifts). If you feel you have too many toys, donating your child’s toys without discussing it with them and having their full agreement is never a good idea. In principle, you may think this is a charitable act, but children can be very attached to their physical world and will feel they are being punished if you threaten to donate their toys. Rather, consider teaching children to share among themselves, and in time, they may develop a practical sense of charity that allows the gesture to expand to others independently.
Adopt a family pet
One of the best ways that you can teach your children to look past their own needs, and to be more considerate, is to adopt a family pet. Teaching your children to share the responsibility of taking care of a pet will help them to develop better compassion and will set them on the path to becoming a caring person.
Learning compassion and empathy is also strongly influenced by the example that you set. Your children are learning from you: you are their strongest role model and should lead by example. Empathy can, in this way, develop over time, as they see you showing compassion and care to the people around you.
Family fun time
A happy child enjoys playtime. Modern lifestyles have robbed many families of precious hours in a day to spend together playing. Choose to spend quality time together having fun and playing. What could be better for your children than playing with Mom and Dad?
Children love to play all kinds of games. Think of physically active choices that involve the whole family, for example water games or racing games. If physical games are less easily adopted in your family, there are plenty of ways you can engage your sense of fun with art or the mind. Board games, drawing games and word games all allow families to bond and create memories together.
Children who are exposed to early reading, who learn to share, who learn to care for others, who are compassionate and who are engaged in their family with participation and games, will be far happier children and adults, too. Have fun together – its good for the whole family!
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