Every parent has an obligation to ensure their children have the best possible upbringing by providing all the basics like food, clothing, and shelter. When your kids grow up, and they learn to take care of themselves, all you can do is ensure they are ready to “conquer the world”, but also thrive and become better adults in this society.
1. Let your kids play freely
Your children need time to play freely and enjoy their childhood. When your kids play together, they learn to navigate the social and physical environment and how to respond appropriately.
Playing also enables children to learn how to manage their emotions, solve their problems in time, and, most importantly, face the realities of life.
To encourage your kids to play freely, you can buy them craft supplies, toys, and other materials they need to play with.
2. Have Fun with them
It is such a simple tip, but one we forget to do so often, especially with our busy lives, career, housework and more. However, setting up a few family traditions can really help with this. Fun traditions can be anything from monthly ‘date nights’ with each kid, an annual holiday, or the tradition of getting everyone together and decorating the Christmas Tree.
3. Set clear boundaries
When your children are not in school, their life should not revolve around screens and playing indoors. You can set boundaries to limit screen time and give your kids time to be alone. This way, the kids will not battle their impulse but live to battle every day with strength.
Setting boundaries can also ensure your kids remain safe within the confines of your home while making mistakes. For instance, when you allow your children to play within the home compound, you keep them away from the danger in the streets.
4. Help your kids achieve their dreams
You are probably telling your kids that they can become anything they want. They can move a mountain, become the next hero, but do you teach them how to live their dreams? Sometimes your kids may be wondering how they can achieve those good grades or how to play football.
All you have to do is help your kids thrive by supporting them in their goals. When your kids meet their goals, you should be there to celebrate with them.
5. The simple things mean a lot
It’s the simple things in life that matter the most. When you have your kids around, allowing them to play on the couch, learn to bake, or garden can make life different.
When you appreciate the little things your kids do, you improve their heart health and make them feel like part of the family. Always look for a reason to smile and put a smile on your child’s face. It can help your kids view life in a different way and grow up into happy adults.
6. Minimize sensory overload
Your child’s life should not revolve around books and screens all year. Whether your children attend school in person or virtually, you should give them a break from learning.
Incorporate mindfulness meditation and breathe exercise or yoga to help your kids take sensory breaks. Ask your child to shut down the laptop, relax, breathe in and out and focus on the next class.
There is a lot you can do as a parent to make your kids thrive into responsible adults. These five things should be part of your checklist when parenting.