In order to help your child grow robustly – materially and spiritually, what the parents should do is to show the way for the child to go in the right direction for the rest of its life. There are good living habits that you should train your child and maintain since it is still very young, whereas, for bad habits you should minimize so that when growing a bit older, the child will proceed on its own till grown up.
The Parents Must Act As Guides
Any child when stepping into life looks like a clean, pure white paper. The first great influence comes from what its parents teach. Good habits are quite necessary. What the parents do at present may help their child change habits into practical life, which the child will do without needing to think about. Such habits will accompany the child throughout it life. Herein under are some good habits which the parents should train their child, of course the parents will act as its “guides” by:
1.No Giving Up Breakfasts
That this has been referred to by experts for many times is for one reason: Breakfast is the most important meal, which will provide your child with energy for the whole morning. Therefore, you should wake your child up early enough so that it will have time enjoying a breakfast before going to school.
2.Maintaining A Wholesome Regimen
Children grow healthy as they choose the right kinds of foods when eating, i.e. the ones with contain little refined sugar, fresher, more delicious, and more colourful. Like adults, children should eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, as well as low-fat milk and butter. Children should have limits on fastfood; light, salty, dried food as well as packaged food and sugar-added food.
3.Listening To The Stomach
When eating, the mother should teach the child to listen to the pain in the stomach when hungry. If the child can learn in tune with the stomach, it shall not be “enticed” into eating too much or with impunity. The parents will decide what kinds of food the child will eat. In the case of good choices, the child eats together with the family, and the parents set bright examples for the child in eating, the child will follow them.
4.Brushing The Teeth Every Day
Though hygienic practices are not yet to the extent to cause some health problems if the child fails to comply, but dental and oral hygiene is especially necessary. From 12 months old onwards, children should brush their teeth with toothpaste that contains fluoride. Children should brush their teeth twice a day and their parents should assist them till they are in the 2nd grade. Parents should also ensure that their children brush their teeth in a regular and proper manner till they are 7-8 years old and will maintain this practice all their lives.
5.Maintaining Regular Checks Up
Children should go to see a doctor very often to guarantee their healthy growth and proper inoculation. As kinds of vaccines are annually updated, you should check such information. Sometimes, booster or reinforced injections can be adjusted, many families still believe that their children have been following a complete vaccination scheme, but in fact, it is not that. Moreover, for the time being, seasonal flue vaccination doses are recommended for children 6 months old onwards every year. The easiest way to remember is that checks up should be scheduled for 6 month old children at the beginning of each school year.
6.Limiting Your Child’s Time Sitting Parked In Front Of A Screen
With everything in the technological life today, from TVs through tablets, children nearly sit parked in front of a screen 24/7. Healthy children will not sit regularly in front of a screen. Just create opportunities for children to interact with the real world outside and their attention is not distracted from the beginning of their lives. Their time sitting parked in front of any kind of screen should be limited to less than 2 hours a day.
7.Maintaining Regular Movements And Exercises
Throw away kinds of technological game devices. Healthy children avoid sitting parked in front of a screen by moving regularly with extra-curricular activities, especially sports. Healthy children will also be more self-motivated and will join sport teams inside and outside the school, joyful physical activities will penetrate deeper into their lives. Just register your child to go in for sports. The more your child moves the better.
Encourage your child to join outdoor activities such as gardening, cleaning, collecting fallen leaves, tending livestock and poultry (if the family has a farm)… Let the child have a period of time to do its exercises an experiencing the feeling of being bathed in nature each day. Take your child with you for a walk in the park or simply to discover the pretty flower gardens nearby your house.
9.Helping Your Child Get Into The Habit Of Going To Bed And Rising Punctually
You should not let your child sleep to its heart’s content and can rise at any time it likes, since this will affect the child’s body-clock. Going to bed and rising punctually will help stabilize the child’s body’s activities, to put them “on schedule” thereby enabling to improve the child’s health from the very early days. For that reason,” help your child get into the habit of going to bed and rising punctually, at a certain time everyday.
10.Training Your Child To Read Books
Reading books is one of the skills very essential for a child’s future progresses at school. For children, at least till they are in the 3rd grade, they should be trained to read for about 20 minutes a day. It’s not important what they read, but training in reading skills only. You will notice distinctive progresses in your child’s ability to differentiate letters; at the same time, when the reading skills have been improved, the child will have opportunity to better other skills too.
11.Keeping Your Child Always In A Good Mood
It is necessary to ensure your child can master its emotions in life. The child should join activities in order to release negative emotions; these are the best doses which will help your child encounter problems in its life. The important thing is that the child will feel happy. Sadness, anxieties are often belittled in children; nevertheless, this is a matter that calls for the special attention from parents. Though normally it is not to the extent that treatment with medications is needed, the causes of their sadness, anxieties should be taken into consideration. This looks like a vicious circle, the child feels sad, anxious; eats a lot; moves little; and feel a lack of self-confidence about its weight. From that, the child will probably not go in for sport or take part in the extra-curricular activities it liked very much before that.
If the child’s spirits sag, to find out about the cause will be very necessary. Just make a plan for activities to cover all the child’s time schedule, and you’ll take the child with you to go to see a doctor if the child’s spirits have sagged for many consecutive days or for a long time.
12.Training Your Child To Behave Properly, Politely
Train your child to be so polite towards adults right from the very early days in its life. When it grows a bit older, train it to say ‘thank you’, ‘sorry’ in necessary cases. Train your child to beg pardon when it wishes to use something; this is a very good habit for the child but for many parents, out of their overindulgence and thinking that their children are still too young, they do not take heed of this, thereby affecting the child when it grows older.
13.Training Your Child’s Gratitude
Expressing gratitude is a habit which will help the child a lot throughout its life. By simply starting with saying ‘thank you’, gradually the true and sincere feeling of gratitude will ‘take root’ in the child’s soul.
It will be a great difficulty when teaching the child, particularly for children under 7 to say ‘thank you’ to a stranger. In this case, the parents should not create pressure or much tension. Instead, just help your child adapt itself gradually to this custom, instead of saying directly like this, writing letter to express gratitude is another option. Gradually, the child will learn how to express its gratitude.
14.Training Your Child Patience
Patience is something extremely difficult to small children. Nevertheless, psychological researches have shown that he who can delay satisfaction will be more successful in life. This starts with learning how to wait. In life, not everyone and not at any time can get what one wishes. Children cannot monopolize the care or attention of teachers or adults.
In order to train this skill, the parents should take their children to places where there are many small children, e.g. parks, museums, or zoos. Let your child contact other kids and mingle with the atmosphere at places children’s needs are not always met immediately. Patience is a lesson that should be taught on a regular basis and it also involves patience to teach.
15.Training Your Child To Love And Share With Others
One of the habits which are good and most essential for children are living and respecting everyone and everything. Children should not be brutal towards animals: Children should be kind-hearted and altruistic. To meet this end, the important thing is to help the child to maintain its limpidity and modesty. The parents should create conditions for the child to have much time with the grandparents and parents so that the two generations of the old and the young can understand and love one another.
Sharing is one of the important social skills which makes it easy for your child to become friends and get along with its peers when going to school. However, not very child were born to share what they have with others. The parents therefore should teach the child when it is still very young.
These habits did not come into existence by themselves and they were not formed overnight. Children need time and practice each day. The parents therefore should commerce their education right from this moment so that their beloved will be able to be possessed of these good habits, at the same time, these are “invaluable gifts” for the child’s successes in the future.