Every parent wants their child to grow up happy, healthy, intelligent and engaged with the world around them. It can be easy to focus on academic success and overlook fostering other talents and traits, from sports to just being kind. Here’s how you can raise well-rounded children, who will be valuable members of their community.
Teach Social Skills
Children who can learn strong social skills early tend to be more successful as adults. Teaching your children how to solve any disputes with their friends, share their possessions, listen without interrupting, and how to help others is a really good place to start. It’s never too early to start teaching these things.
Don’t Be Overprotective
Every parent wants their child to be safe and happy, so it’s easy to fall into being overprotective. It’s natural to want to rush to solve their problems for them, but this takes away the chance of learning how to solve their issues themselves.
Instead, try to step back and allow your child to make mistakes so they can learn from them. They need to learn to become more resilient and resourceful so they can be better prepared for adult life.
This won’t be easy to do, and there is a fine line between protecting your kids and letting them face their own problems to learn from them.
Get Your Children Involved In Academics Early
Research shows that reading to your children and teaching them some early maths skills from a young age can have a big impact on their later success. Early help is useful, but once they get to school, start trying to wean off them needing too much homework help, so they can learn to work without your assistance.
Express an interest in their schooling, but let them take charge of their own work.
Don’t Let Them Sit In Front Of A Screen
Too much screen time has been linked to all kinds of problems, including trouble sleeping, behavioural issues, and childhood obesity. Some screen time is nothing to worry about, but try to limit it to around two hours a day.
Encourage your kids to try other hobbies, arrange fun, but educational, things to do as a family, or send them on primary school trips instead of letting them sit in front of the computer.
Another idea is to encourage them to become content creators, rather than just passive consumers of content. Encourage them to learn skills like programming, editing, 3D modelling, or digital music production, so screen time becomes more productive.
Don’t Praise Innate Qualities Like Intelligence Or Looks
It can be tempting to focus your praise on things like good grades without needing to study, or how pretty they look, but only praising children with statements like this can lead to underperformance.
Instead, praise the effort that your children put into overcoming problems and challenges in their life, determination, and hard work. Praising effort rather than innate skills encourages your kids to develop their skills rather than coasting.