5 ways you can set your children up for success
While no one can control their child's future, there are a few things that have proven to get children ahead in life.
1. Show physical affection
Various studies have found that children who are shown physical affection during childhood are less likely to be depressed and anxious as adults. Children who receive affection are also more likely to perform well academically, have higher self-esteem and are also better at communicating with their parents.
2. Encourage playing
Studies show that play is crucial for children's development and teaches them amongst other things, creativity, problem-solving and self-control. Imaginative play, when children act out various experiences they might have had, or those that are interesting to them, is a valuable way for children to make sense of and engage with the world. It also helps them learn decision-making skills and increases their social skills. Playing outside in nature has additional benefits that all contribute to an increased sense of wellbeing for the child.
3. Do things together as a family
Research by the Thomas Cook group found that 74 percent of the 1,500 working parents surveyed felt that they did not have enough daily quality time with their children. Of the parents surveyed, on average, parents said they spent less than 40 minutes around the table as a family and less than 45 minutes playing together.
4. Read to your children
Reading helps children develop their sense of imagination, it improves their concentration and also increases their empathy. Reading to your children is a great way to spend time together. If you're self-conscious about reading aloud, try storytelling. If you have time, asking children questions about the story and taking the time to explain new words also helps develop understanding and vocabulary.
5. Cultivate a positive environment
Words matter. What we say to our children creates a lasting impact. When children feel safe and accepted, they are more likely to be confident and believe in themselves. While children need loving correction, beware of harsh criticism and be patient when speaking to them. Give affirmation and thanks where it is due. Express your belief in your child, and in their potential.
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