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.
Working from home can be as hard as working in the office. Although you are in control of your working environment, I still think that a daily timeline should be managed wisely and followed, especially if you are a mom. Here’s how my day goes…
When you think of diseases and sicknesses keeping kids out of school, you probably don’t think of cavities and tooth decay. But anyone who’s been struck with a toothache knows how physically debilitating and downright uncomfortable they can be. Take a page from George Hatzigiannis and do everything you can to help your kids keep tooth decay and cavities at bay so they’ll have great smiles and have one less reason not to go to school and get a good education.
Develop a Tooth Brushing Routine Habits are easy to develop and hard to break, so make sure all the habits your kids develop are healthy ones. When it comes to their teeth, they should brush at least twice a day and floss after every meal. While they might not like how much time this takes out of their day at first, express to them that their diligence is sure to pay off in their later years when their mouths aren’t filled with holes and signs of decay.
So I challenged my girls and their cousin Aikhel, who stays with us, to do a school baon challenge, and they gladly agreed. Whatever is left from the daily school baon “must be deposited” in the coin banks that I bought for them.
The eldest gets Php70 a day, while Ishi and Aikhel get Php50 a day. Fair enough to buy a bottle of drink and biscuits for breaks in between their stay in school. Besides, they sometimes bring food baon with them. With this challenge, I also had to remind them daily that they should not skip meals at school. Php10 a day is fine if they really want to spend.
Looks like they are all doing well. Just because they have been very cooperative with me
Both my daughters started reading on their own at the age of 5. I never rushed them and just waited till they were ready. In fact, I was really surprised when I learned that they can already read long sentences. They would ask me to read with them and capture them on video so we can send it to their Dada who works abroad.
Here are the girls’ videos which I managed to record, both at 5 years old:
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.