As a society, we’re extremely focused on innovation and technology. We can understand why kids get so caught up in the latest devices or gadgets. Let’s face it, it’s easy to bond with our kids over a thrilling new video game. But how do we bond over something that’s less exciting but of utmost importance? How do we garner their attention when we want to discuss, say, proper etiquette or family traditions?
When it comes to preparing our kids for the outside world and unleashing their potential, the best we can do is to lead by example. This means engaging in acts of kindness and gratitude and urging your children to do the same. It means recognizing when they’re struggling – with either a physical or emotional issue – and letting them know that their frustration is normal and it will pass. And perhaps most of all, it’s embracing the fact that they’re growing at a tremendous pace and remembering that learning so many things at once can be overwhelming (to put it mildly).
Studies show that children are maturing earlier. In turn, the window of youth and innocence gets smaller and smaller. Considering this, it’s imperative to instill good and generous behavior in our kids as soon as we can. Luckily, this isn’t as difficult as it sounds. By modeling respectable behavior, being mindful of teachable moments, and tuning in to the various and always-shifting moods of our children, we can prepare them for their futures as highly regarded and proud members of society.:
Samara Kamenecka is a New York-born freelance writer and translator living in Madrid. When she’s not chained to her computer, she likes to explore the city with her boyfriend, daughter and dog. You can find her blogging over at www.tinyfry.com, and you can also connect with her on Facebook or Twitter.