As we become more aware of the importance of leading a healthy life, we need to pass that newly acquired knowledge onto our kids. They might not be able to understand right away what it’s all about, but we have to be patient and persistent. We know that we’re acting in the best interest of our kids and that they will reap the benefits later in life. However, that is easier said than done. We sometimes lose patience and give up for a number of reasons, forgetting that the habits adopted early in life will likely last for decades to come. So, what can we do to teach our kids healthy habits, without unnecessary stress?
One of the most important lessons we can teach our kids is to master the skill of controlling their emotions. Young kids can’t just consciously change their mood or best their emotions. If we help them understand that it’s important to express their emotions, but also to refrain from doing so at the exact moment sometimes, we’ll actually help them make better decisions and establish better communication with others. Kids tend to vent their strong emotions, such as anger, sadness or hysteria, which is natural. However, letting such emotions control their behaviour is simply unacceptable. It may seriously harm relationships, future business credibility and ultimately their health. So, help your kid learn to pause and determine where such strong emotions come from. That will help them learn to cope with them in such a way that they can correct their response and avoid making rash decisions.
Asking for help is not weakness
Most kids grow up surrounded by their peers, which prepares them for future professional and private life. This also allows them to compare their knowledge and skills with those of their friends. While some kids tend to be quite competitive and believe only in individual effort, it’s important to help them understand that they won’t get very far unless they rely on others for help. The best example is probably school, where many kids feel frustrated when they don’t meet the expectations of their parents or the society. Sometimes they themselves set unrealistic goals and, understandably fail to achieve them. This problem can be avoided if we help our kids set attainable goals and provide all the support we can. Regardless of whether it’s an online early learning programme or some other kind of help, it’s vital that our kids realise that asking for help is completely ok and that they can only improve if provided the right assistance.
As most of us struggle to find the right work-life balance, we sometimes forget that our kids need the same. But the sooner we teach them how to do it, the better off they’ll be later in life. Instead of going to work, they go to school, but we can’t expect them to be fulfilled just by achieving great academic results. On the contrary, we need to make it possible for them to pursue other interests and passions. They have to develop both mentally and physically, which is why encouraging them to take part in sports is a great idea. Not only will they learn that their success is directly related to the amount and quality of effort they invest in achieving it, but they’ll also get a chance to hang out with kids who share similar interests, which will help them develop social skills. So, allow your kid to pursue interests outside the school in order to be more successful later in life.
Needless to say, there are many other healthy habits that we should teach our children, such as the importance of healthy eating, maintaining their hygiene and spending as much time as possible outdoors. Still, these three somehow often get over overlooked, even though they are crucial to the development of our kids. The sooner they adopt the right values and coping mechanisms, the better adjusted they’ll become and they’ll be readier to deal with various challenges that come their way.