Our children mean the world to us so how can we serve them now to better serve them in years to come?
Teach Your Children to Be Kind
This may seem like an obvious notion but being kind isn’t always easy. By practising kindness and teaching your children to be kind, the implications can be huge.
Amelia Earhart once said, “A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.”
Lady Diana was heavily criticized for taking Princes William and Harry with her when visiting homeless shelters or hospitals but what she was doing was teaching her children how to show compassion, empathy & kindness.
Acknowledge kindness when your children display it, talk to your children about what kindness is and lead by example by performing acts of kindness for your children. This can be as simple as letting them build a fort in the lounge or having pancakes for dinner.
Encourage your children to come up with ways that they can be kind, letting them build a bright future ahead for themselves. Even with everyday uphill challenges, we can live in a world that’s full of hope, where everyone is raised to be kind.
Feeling loved is undoubtedly one of the best things in life. When you feel loved, you feel as though nothing can stand in your way.
Explore opportunities with your children; of how to love others, identify people they know who may seem difficult to love, brainstorm different ideas on how you can demonstrate love in different ways. Encourage them to explain how they can make the people around them feel seen, known and loved.
The Importance of Education
The COVID-19 pandemic hasn't helped the global education crisis and the World Economic Forum predicts that more than 156 million students across 19 different countries are still being affected by closures to educational institutions.
A good friend of mine always says that a good day is a learning day. He encouraged all three of his children from an early age to share a fact or speak about something they'd learnt whilst sharing their evening meal. “The amount of information they could retain on different topics was astounding. And to this day, even though they are all young adults with lives of their own, they still enjoy doing it.”
The BBC supports this notion saying that by supporting your child's learning at home, you can massively help their development and be a really positive addition to their school education.
Teach Them to Have a Voice
It can be intimidating for children to speak up in a group situation so it’s important to create an environment of respect at home that allows their voices to be heard no matter how introverted or extroverted the child may be.
Everyday-democracy.org suggests setting ground rules as a family, making sure the rules make space for a respectful conversation.
Practice active listening and talk about what it means to be an active listener. Ask quieter children who don't contribute as often if they have any questions or comments to make during discussions.
If we as adults can express ourselves freely, we can teach our children to as well. Listen to what they have to say before reprimanding or putting your own opinion across. Give positive feedback on what they achieve, think & do.
For as Sir Winston Churchill famously said "Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak, but courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen."
Lastly, Let Your Kids Have Some Fun and Join in!
Never have self-care and looking after oneself been more paramount than right now so why shouldn’t that philosophy also apply to our children?
The importance of fun is principal to a happy childhood and a thriving adulthood and if we are taught early on to set boundaries between work & play, it makes the fun that much sweeter!
In his podcast, Jason Kreidman encourages games and play that are fun and active: hide and seek, dance, sports activities, building den’s, riding bikes - for example - and with different seasons approaching for us all, so many fun activities abound.
If you need a little bit of inspiration on activities for your kids you can head here: https://www.mykidstime.com/things-to-do/50-fun-outdoor-activities-for-kids/