These days children are much more distracted compared to children decades ago. Modern technology is one of the things that have played an important role in this unfortunate aspect. In addition, modern children are much more isolated, so they need their parents` hand when it comes to learning things like manners, healthy bonding, and effective communicating. The good news is that researchers at Harvard University have come up with information and tips on how to raise good kids!
5 Secrets to Raising Good Kids
1. Quality time
“Quality time” with your children refers to doing activities which exclude shopping, playing video games, or watching TV. You should spend your time communicating openly, bonding, and looking for solutions to problems or answers to some questions your kid has.
2. Broad perspectives
In other words, you should teach your children how to see the big picture and its importance. Specifically, children often need help developing broad perspective and expanding their circle of friends in order to develop their character and personality properly. that “It is important that children learn to zoom in, listening closely and attending to those in their immediate circle, and to zoom out, taking in the big picture and considering the range of people they interact with every day,” Harvard`s research argues.
3. Appreciation and gratitude
Spoiling your children does no good, as it makes them unable to acknowledge the roles of others in healthy way. Children need to appreciate the people who contribute to their wellbeing and happiness in order to do this, and they simply will not do it if they are spoiled. Specifically, if children are taught to appreciate people and happiness, they will grow up into generous, healthy, compassionate, and happy individuals. “Expect children to routinely help, for example, with household chores and siblings, and only praise uncommon acts of kindness. When these kinds of routine actions are simply expected and not rewarded, they’re more likely to become ingrained in everyday actions,” the study argues.
4. Empathy and ethics
Every parent MUST provide their children with the environment they need to bond and socialize properly. Also, they must show that they are selfless rather than selfish, so that the child ends up being more selfless as well. As per Harvard’s research, “It’s very important that children hear from their parents and caretakers that caring about others is a top priority and that it is just as important as their own happiness. Even though most parents and caretakers say that children being caring is a top priority, often children aren’t hearing the message.”
5. Moral role models
It is very important to choose your words and actions very carefully, as your children will become echoes of yourself. Heed your fairness, positivity, humility and honesty. If you manage to earn the trust of your children, they will be more trustworthy too.