Many people don’t realize that the beliefs and habits they have were instilled in them from a very young age. You can usually always work your way backwards and figure out where your habits came from. That’s why it’s so important to teach your children good habits while they are young. Here are the good habits you should teach your children ASAP:
Positive Talk And Self Talk
Ideally, you want your children to speak positively about the world and others. They should especially speak well of themselves. As our beliefs have such a huge impact on our lives all throughout our lives, teaching them this early on is crucial. You can’t just tell them though. You need to set an example. This means making sure you’re speaking positively in front of them, about others and yourself. If you criticize yourself, guess what? Your kids will do that to themselves too. Change your own attitude for your kids. They always follow the way you act and the things you show them, rather than what you tell them. Using words isn’t enough. Train them to see the good in everything, even so called ‘bad situations.’ Practicing gratitude is another amazing thing you can teach them.
Make sure you get your kids into good general hygiene habits. This means making sure they wash their hands after the toilet and before meals. It means making sure they bathe/shower regularly. You don’t have to stop them from playing in the mud. After all, what’s the point in being a kid if you can’t play in the mud? You just have to make sure they know they need to have a wash afterwards.
Getting your kids to take care of their oral hygiene is crucial too. The better they look after their teeth earlier on, the better they’ll look as they grow. They should be in the habit of brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash twice a day. If you can, you should also get them used to the dentist. Going to the dentist can be quite scary. After all, they don’t exactly know what’s going on in this unfamiliar, clinical looking office. However, some dentists will cater to people who are really scared. You can find a dentist by looking at a site like www.saturdaydentist.org. You can make taking care of teeth more fun for your kids by playing a song and buying them fun brushes/pastes to use. You can even buy timers so they know that they’ve brushed their teeth for long enough.
Teaching your kids how to be responsible with money will help them to no end when they grow up. Now, you can’t teach them how to be responsible with money without being responsible yourself. You must set an example for them. You can speak openly with them about your finances and accounts so they understand a bit more about savings and how adults make money. When they are old enough, you can begin giving them a set amount of pocket money. You can then teach them that if they want something that costs a little more, they need to save up. Allow them to make their own decisions when it comes to their money. If they want to spend a lot of money on sweets, let them (as long as they don’t eat them all at once). This is their money. It’s your job to simply guide them and teach them the value of money, and get them into a good saving habit. You don’t want them to grow up thinking that money is scarce and that they need to save everything they have. This could mean they develop a negative mindset around money. Instead, make sure you help them develop a positive mindset. Speak about money positively, and let them know that although you have to pay for bills, those bills keep you warm, fed, and so on.
Healthy Eating Habits
It’s really easy for kids to pick up on bad eating habits, so be very careful about how you eat and speak about them in front of them. Teaching them healthy eating habits is really important. Make sure you cook healthy meals for your family during the week, rather than ordering take out. This could be an occasional treat, as teaching them moderation is important too. However, you should teach them to eat vegetables and other healthy foods the majority of the time. You can come up with a family meal plan to do this, and keep healthy snacks in the house. Make sure you let them listen to their bodies too. If they don’t want to eat all of their dinner, don’t force them. Forcing them only hinders their ability to listen to their natural hunger signals. This is why so many people have trouble with food, weight loss, binging, and other issues.
Get active together as a family to show them how good it feels to get their bodies moving. You can go on walks, hikes, and even try some sports out together. You could also let them try out something they like the sound of, such as dancing, swimming, football, or another sport. If they remain active while they are young, they are far more likely to stay active as they grow. Not only will this make them healthier, it will also give them far more confidence and a better self-image.
Reading Every Day
Reading is like exercising the brain. It can help us to become more creative by using our imaginations. It’s a healthy past time too, and can even help to make your kids excel in school. Read to them everyday before bed until they are old enough to read along with you. You can then take it in turns. There’s nothing like a great bedtime story when you’re a child! Teaching your kids to love reading will be one of the best things you ever do.
Drinking Water All Day
Instead of giving your kids fizzy drinks and juice all the time (hello rotting teeth), try giving them water instead. You could give them sugar-free squash too, if they need flavor. Another option is to add fresh fruit to the water. This flavors it in one of the healthiest ways possible. Get them into this habit and they’ll feel so much better day in, day out. Water is one of the most important components in the body, so teaching them to drink plenty of it will be great for them.
Tidying Up After Themselves
Don’t do everything for your kids if you can help it. Instead, teach them how to tidy up after themselves. If they’re only young, let them help you. Even if it means it takes a little longer, getting them into this habit will be so much better than waiting until they are older. If you wait too long, they’ll probably huff and puff and resist doing it as much as possible. Get them involved. You can even create a chore rota so they do different jobs on different days.
Start instilling these habits in your children ASAP and you’ll raise well-rounded, happy, successful adults. Remember, the most important thing is that you take the lead. You can tell them to do these things as much as you like, but if you’re not doing it yourself, they are unlikely to listen. If you have any tips of your own you’d like to share, leave a comment below.