As most parents are acutely aware, children do need some form of structure, mentorship, guidance and discipline so as to grow up to be well mannered and respectful members of the society. With all these in mind, most parents find it rather difficult to inculcate the above mentioned tenets and virtues on their children and have some fun while at it.
The importance of bonding and connecting with your children from an early age cannot be gainsaid; it is paramount as it helps create memories that will last a lifetime for both parties. There are several simple to implement and easy to follow parenting tips that if started early, and done consistently will make parenting
an interesting and highly rewarding exercise. They include but are not limited to;
Set Aside Some Time for Family Activity
It is important to have some specific time set aside for an activity or activities that family members enjoy. These activities should be age appropriate and should emanate from a collective agreement amongst family members. It is also important to choose activities that are age and gender appropriate; this is especially so in instances where there are several children in the family. Enjoying such family time together helps build strong family bonds.
Be Willing and Ready to Laugh With Your Children
As a parent it is important to open up and laugh with or at your children. Laughing with children, though underrated has proven to be one of the most effective ways of creating some memorable times within the family unit. Children love good memories and for most children, laughter periods top the list of such moments. After sometime you are bound to know what tickles your children the most and it will thus be easy to push the right buttons and thereby get them in the mood easily.
Have some storytelling time
Children of all ages love to hear stories; be they just fables or real life stories. As a parent, storytelling can be one of the easiest and most effective way of instilling some values and life lessons to the young minds of children. Stories are usually quite effective when something that is difficult to explain in plain words occurs or during set ups that are quite uncomfortable; like explaining why your family pet had to die or why they lost their grandparents.
Teach your Children how to save money
This is one of those parenting tips
that stir controversy and acceptance in equal measure. But truth be told the earlier you start to teach your children the importance of saving and looking after their little finances the better. Studies have shown that children who start saving early tend to carry on with the habit to adulthood. Teaching children how to save some of their allowances and even opening for them bank accounts for their small kitty does go a long way in showing them the importance of embracing the saving culture.
As a parent, show some flexibility
Some parents find it hard to differentiate between rigidity and structure; you can maintain a proper structure without necessarily being rigid. It is important that parents show some level of flexibility both in what they expect from their children and in how they instill discipline or interact with their young ones. It is important to do something unique or different with your child from time to time; incorporate some fun and unexpected positive surprises into their days, children love this. Surprise your kids with a game of football or ride a bike with them or play tag with them once in a while.
Ensure children participate in doing house chores
As a parent it is also important to help your children learn the importance of participating in doing some general chores in the house. These may include tasks like cleaning the table after meals, making their beds in the morning and keeping the house clean and tidy. Most of these tasks may sound and look a bit mundane at first but experience has shown that children who are engaged in these activities from an early age tend to carry with them the same traits into adulthood and thus grow into responsible and hardworking members of the society as they appreciate the importance of hard work, patience and teamwork.