Raising children can be quite an exciting challenge.
The main priority of many parents is to raise happy and healthy children, and while this is one of the important areas to focus on, raising your child to be an upstanding member of society should not be ignored.
But just what does it take to raise a child to be kind, ethical, respectful and good to others?
Recent Harvard University research reveals that while parents might think that raising good children is like going up a mountain, it is not rocket science.
According to the study, Raising Caring Children, developing caring and loving relationships with your children will make them more open to adopting your values.
1. TEACH THEM TO BE CARING AND RESPECTFUL
According to the study, children learn to be respectful and caring when they are treated in the same way.
Achieving this is quite simple: raise them in a stable and secure family environment, show them affection, take a keen interest in their lives, encourage and support their achievements and speak to them about things that are important.
2. SPEND QUALITY TIME WITH YOUR KIDS
With many parents leading busy lives, spending quality time with your children can be easier said than done, but it will do your little ones a world of good. If you have more than one child, spend time with each of them, doing things that you both love. You’ll get to know your children better and build lasting memories.
Ensure that you teach your child to empathise with others and why it is important to do so.
3. LET THEM ENGAGE WITH OTHER KIDS
Letting your children interact with their peers will allow you to see if they are able to put into practice what you have taught them.
4. LEAD BY EXAMPLE
While many parents would like to leave the teaching of etiquette and good manners to schools, it is important that parents lead by example, as children emulate what they see around them.
5. ALLOW THEM TO SPEAK ABOUT THEIR CHALLENGES OR CONCERNS
According to the study, parents should give their children room to raise their concerns and speak about things that interest them. Encourage them to speak up when they see wrongdoing and allow them to participate in community upliftment initiatives, as this teaches them the value of caring for others.
Source: Harvard Graduate School of Education