Being a parent comes with many responsibilities. Many parents struggle to find the perfect approach to teach their children about the values they should obtain. You might think that a parent’s job is easier due to all the available technology, but the truth is that doubts and questions are still there. They just reflect modern society and conditions. If you happen to need any help or advice, here are some helpful tips to make you master the parenting job.
There are many ways parents can influence their children first of all because they are a role model from the very start. Kids tend to listen to their parents and believe them unconditionally so make sure you are teaching them the right values.
Understand your child
Children react to different parenting models. Some might need a tougher hand while some don’t do well under stress. It’s up to you to figure out want works best for your child and start from there. In order to get them to learn efficiently you have to use the approach they are comfortable with. At a very young age explaining through games, cartoons or something they are interested in is very effective. You have to talk to them by using terminology they are interested In. That way they will keep focus and learn much easier.
So, for example when doing maths problems, if your child likes apples, use them. “If you have two apples and I give you two more how many will you have?” They will see it right in front of them which helps with understanding while not losing interest because it’s something they like.
Concentrate more on learning than grades
Children usually feel stressed in any learning situation because they associate it with getting grades. If you partially eliminate that system, your child may show better results. English tutoring is something you can even do at home quite easily and you can show your child that it doesn’t need to be a bad experience.
Encourage them to speak without correcting every little error. Concentrate just on the big, crucial ones. Plan fun ways for them to learn, by providing interesting stories with pictures or even audio and visual aids. If your child likes a cartoon character try speaking in its voice and engage in a conversation with your little one. At the end of each lesson, praise them because positive comments have been proven to give better results.
Be practical while teaching them
Both in and outside of the school your child interacts with its peers, adults, animals, and nature that surrounds them. It is important to show them good models of behaviour. If you are having problems getting them to understand something that is a bit abstract, there are some creative ways to do it. Firstly, show by example. If you are eating an orange, give them a few slices. If you are doing the dishes, make them a part of it by giving them a brush too.
Children subconsciously pick up some patterns of behaviour so later while growing up they will do the same. Praising them for doing something good will make them feel proud and happy. This is an important lesson in teaching them to share with siblings or other children. The other important aspect is to encourage their curiosity. Children tend to ask so many questions during the day, and while it may be tiresome to you, they are learning so much.
So, the next time your child asks you what that animal is instead of just telling, go ahead and let them pet it if it’s safe of course. This way you will teach kindness while satisfying their curiosity. Other examples are teaching them to write journals which helps in understanding their feelings and even improve writing skills, or playing true/false game with them to teach them honesty.
Teach them love and compassion
The most important thing you can teach your child is to love. While this is a process that happens whether we want it or not, the trick is teaching them the right ways to express it. Talk to your child about the new friends they made. Let them say why that person looks interesting to them. Ask them to find their old toys and bring them with you when you donate them to children in need. Help in creating a personalised birthday or holiday cards for family members. They will see it as a creative drawing game, but also learn to express love and affection.
Many of the everyday games and activities engaged in at home will help with school projects and classes as well. Formal education at an early age is intertwined with other aspects including good behaviour, creativity, and curiosity. So, while teaching them the importance of the school, you are also teaching values.
Story Isabel William