All parents worry from time to time that they’re not doing a good enough job, or that they’ve missed something while raising their kids - and that’s normal. We aren’t all experienced in raising children, and there’s always going to be a first time. What is important, though, is making sure you’re ready and open to learning how to be doing a better job as a parent. It’s fine to miss things, but it’s also important to get help when you feel that there are things you could be doing better.
From the moment your children are old enough to talk to you, you should be ready to teach them different things about life. One of the most important things you can teach is kindness, and it will help them in many different aspects of their lives. Mainly, kindness will help your children to understand others better and have an easier time in social situations while they grow up.
A good way to go about this might be through examples. There are youth mentorship programs that teach kids about various things, and volunteering is a great way to show kindness.
Honesty can be a difficult topic to handle, as, from a child’s point of view, lying is completely harmless. If it means getting what they want, it seems like the best way to go about it is to lie - but that’s something you’ll want to work on as soon as possible. Make sure you’re always honest with your child and reward them from time to time when they’re being honest with you. Children won’t want to tell the truth if it only ever turns out bad for them. Showing your kids the importance of honesty is only something that can be done if you never lie.
The value of money
It’s quite hard for children to understand the concept of money, but they’re going to need to understand it at some point. Going shopping with your children can prove to be a nightmare if they don’t understand why you won’t buy them certain things that they want, and the sooner you teach them money - the easier it will be for them to accept it.
It’s a helpful skill that might seem simple, but it will help them greatly as they grow up. Not just with pocket money, but being responsible with the money they have once they’re old enough to have a job of their own.
Patterns can be very hard to unlearn if you’ve been sticking with them all of your life, which is why eating healthy is something you should teach to your children as soon as possible. If a child only eats unhealthy food, it puts their health at risk, and there’s a decent chance that they won’t be able to break out of it easily once they’re older. Teach them the benefits and habits that go into eating healthy at a young age and ensure that they grow up to be physically healthy.
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.