Being a parent can feel a bit tough nowadays with the extra burden of technology looming over your shoulders. A kid can just pick up a tablet and get online, instantly able to interact with numerous people and their creations. And while this can certainly be a great thing when the child has proper mentoring on how to use it all, leaving a young one unattended for too long can have disastrous results. It’s important to know what you should be prepared for, and how to deal with the common issues that you’re going to face.
Social Media and Online Interactions Your kids will be able to connect to multiple people with great ease, and that’s a fact you’ll have to get used to as early as possible. You won’t be able to stop those communications from occurring, but what you can do is teach your kids about the dangers of sharing too much with people online. We’re raising a generation of kids that see no issue with spreading their real name, address and other data all over the Internet, and this is a ticking time bomb that can lead to some serious problems in the very near future.
Life skills are undoubtedly important. The things we teach our children how to live life and how to react to things in life can completely change the way they’re brought up in the future. If you want to best prepare your children for success, then here are a couple of important things to keep in mind.
- Teach your kids social skills. Networking and social skills are important at all stages of life, so make sure you teach your children how to effectively communicate.
- Show them how things in life are related. Have your kids ever wondered why they need to learn math or science? Teach your kids the link between these abstract concepts and subjects and the real world so they can take a more holistic approach to life.
- Be a role model and practice what you preach. Want your kids to work hard? Then make sure you practice what you preach. Show them you’re worthy of being a role model by displaying to them your work ethic and achievements so they can follow in your footsteps.
It’s important to become a role model for your children, but it’s also important to inspire your kids with life quotes and advice from other successful people. Take a look at the infographic below to learn a few pieces of life advice from incredibly successful women.
Are you expecting a child or at least contemplating the idea of becoming a parent? Becoming a parent to a little boy or girl is truly a gift that not everyone gets to experience. If you’re going to give your child the best chance at life, it does mean making a few lifestyle changes of your own. Since you serve as your children’s first example of what an adult should live and behave like, it is imperative that you present yourself in a positive light. That may mean letting go of a few things, such as those listed below:
Mismanaging Funds When you’re young and don’t have many responsibilities, when, where, and how you spend your money may not be as important to you. However, when you have children, your money is essentially a large part of how you can take care of them. If you have poor financial habits like the inability to save, tons of debt, or worse, it is recommended that you work with a financial advisor to get back on track. Learning how to budget, spend, and invest your money now will ensure that you have enough funds to raise your children today and in the future.
I became a mom for the first time 12 years ago, at the age of 30. At that time, I heard and actually followed (and still following) some of the old practices and beliefs that the older generation practiced for years. Here are some of the practices that I grew up with and am aware of:
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Po and Opo. Children are taught to say “po” and “opo” whether you are related or not. It is a must to insert these words in every sentence that you use when talking to elders. Unfortunately, my children hasn’t practiced this that much as their first language was English. However, I always remind them about it and they actually do when they remember.
We failed to have our family photos shot last year due to an unfortunate event – my dad passed away and my husband was only here for a week to pay respect. This time I made sure we won’t miss it. So far this is my personal favorite, in black and white.
If I am not mistaken, this particular shot took us more than 5 tries just because we were asked to stare at each other which was kind of awkward to do it in front of someone you don’t even know haha!