It is not wrong to call parenting a hard nut to crack. It is one of the most challenging tasks faced by couples nowadays. And with parenting comes another huge responsibility of raising a well behaved kid. It is important to teach your kid the right thing from the very beginning as that is when they start learning things.
“When you make your expectations clear from the time your children are toddlers, they internalize those expectations and begin to expect the same thing for themselves,” says Sharon K. Hall, PhD, author of Raising Kids in the 21st Century.
Kids always love to please their parents, and to do that they do things that you love and expect them to do. But do not forget to teach them the difference between the right and wrong.
Parenting is also very difficult because nowadays most of the women are working, Jobs are more demanding, and there are various means of distractions like mobile phones and laptops. So disciplining kids has become quite a huge responsibility for parents as they hardly get time to spend with their kids.
Family dinners are one of the most important factors which plays a major role in the children’s behavior. According to a report released by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA), stated:
“Eating family dinners at least five times a week drastically lowers a teen’s chance of smoking, drinking, and using drugs. Teens who have fewer than three family dinners a week are 3.5 times more likely to have abused prescription drugs and to have used illegal drugs, 3 times more likely to have used marijuana, more than 2.5 times more likely to have smoked cigarettes, and 1.5 times more likely to have tried alcohol, and 20% more likely to get C’s or lower on their report cards.”
It has also been observed that children who eat meals with their parents are less prone to suffer from obesity, eating disorders and also stays away from criminal activities. Imagine doing something as simple as having dinner together can help you raise your children well. Dinner is the only time when parents and kids both get time to spend together. It also helps your children to develop bonds with the family members. You can also ask your kids to help you while preparing meals. You can ask them for small helps. It also brings the difference in your child’s behavior. It makes them helpful, polite and kind towards others. Eating together also bolster confidence in kids.
Interaction is another important thing which plays a major part in children’s behavior. Interact with your children, ask them about their thoughts on various issues, and share your thoughts too, so that they know how you think and how you see things. It will help them to learn more about life. Make them comfortable while talking so they share all their experiences with you. It really helps in the right upbringing of your kid.
Communicate and play more with your kids. Teach them to play different sports. Do some productive activity together like painting, biking, gardening, singing and many others
There are numerous ways to spend time with your kids. All you need to do is to spend some time together and teach them good will, kindness and manners to live healthy and enriching life.