People always tell one another that there’s no guide to bringing up children, and that’s right, to an extent. You can only rely on the advice of other parents who’ve been through it and your own gut judgement, but your judgement should definitely be the priority because every child is different. Something which may have worked for your friend’s child may not work for yours. That being said, there are certain pieces of advice which are universally helpful for all human beings, and these pointers are worth taking on board (though you’re likely thinking about them to some extent already). Here are some tips for bringing up your kids like a boss.
Get bedtime right.
Everybody knows that sleep is important, but you may not realize how many knock-on effects there are to a bad night’s sleep for your child. Okay, you get them in bed early in the evening, and you make sure that they get at least eight hours of sleep. That’s a good start, but it isn’t all there is to a healthy sleeping routine. It’s not just about the quantity of sleep but the quality of sleep that your child is getting. Think about their bed; is it as supportive as it could be? A soft and comfortable bed is important, but supporting your child’s posture will also ensure that they don’t have aches or discomfort throughout the day. Concentration and energy both come from a good standard of sleep as well as a lengthy sleep.
Be your child’s idol.
If you want your child to do something then they say the best way to encourage them is to lead by example. Kids mimic their parents because you’re their role model. If you create one rule for yourself and another rule for them then it’s very likely that they’ll pay no attention to your demands. If you want your children to eat their broccoli then eat your broccoli first. If you want them to be polite to strangers then be polite to strangers; resist the urge to swear or shout at fellow drivers, or anybody you meet whilst out with your child. They pick up on these things.
Prioritize dental health.
Of course, maintaining good health isn’t just about exercising or eating the correct food, but taking care of your body on a more simplistic level. Your kids likely already brush their teeth every morning and every evening, or they have you to answer to, but there’s no reason to stop there. You could get your little ones into dental flossing because this is an additional layer of preventative care which could help them to avoid gum problems later in life. You might even consider kids dental services to give your children a happier environment when they get checked up; put the stereotype of the “scary dentist” to bed by turning dental hygiene from a chore into an important and easy routine.
Let them naturally find their talents.
It’s okay to sign your kids up for a martial arts class or encourage them to play a musical instrument, but you can’t force anything as a parent. Your children have to discover their talents for themselves, and you should be supporting that; if they show an interest in arts, mathematics, or even sports then you should help them to pursue that interest as far as they want to.