We all want to do what’s right for our children, and as parents we strive to make sure their future is as bright as possible. And while it might seem like a long way off when you have a baby or a toddler, there are things you can be doing now which will set them up for success in their adult lives. Here are just a few of the ways you can ensure you give your children the best start in life.
Build Their Confidence
Allowing children to try things for themselves rather than holding their hand through the process is an excellent way to build up their confidence. Once they’ve successfully managed a task they will get a great sense of accomplishment, and it allows them to see that they can do things if they put their mind to it. Giving praise where it’s due, and not focusing too much on failures will nurture a child’s confidence. This is important, as children who are more confident tend to be happier and can adapt better to different situations. This is because they’re not afraid to try new things. This is useful when it comes to starting school, and further learning and development as they get older.
Develop Their Love of Healthy Food
A genuine love of healthy food will set children up for great nutrition, and put them on the right path when it comes to food attitudes as they get older. Get them involved in the cooking process, even if it’s just simple tasks. If they feel as though they’ve helped to prepare a meal, they’re much more likely to try it. Give them access to healthy, fresh snacks such as fruits and vegetables. Then encourage them to reach for these kinds of things when they’re hungry. Eat together as a family and act as a positive role model for your child by eating healthy foods yourself. Keep family mealtimes happy and relaxed, to avoid any negative associations with eating.
Encourage Them To Socialize With Other Children
Interacting with both adults and children, and encouraging your child to be social will set them up for success in their future. Babies and children that play together learn important skills. Don’t wait until kindergarten for your children to mix with others. Toddler Montessori childcare is one option, as it uses effective teaching techniques and allows your child to socialize with children of different ages which can be incredibly useful for them. It was developed from extensive research by doctor Montessori, and is now a well recognized educational approach. You could also arrange play dates with other children, and take them to places such as soft play centers where they can interact with others.
Read To Them
Studies show that children who are exposed to a wide vocabulary have social and educational advantages over those who aren’t. Reading to them regularly is a good way to expose them to this language. It lays the foundation for later independent reading and also encourages parent/ child bonding. Reading to children also improves their imagination and creativity. It’s a relaxing, enjoyable activity and can be worked into your child’s bedtime routine.