As parents, our lives are often defined by our insecurities about our parenting skills. The truth is that no-one will provide you with an instruction manual on how to raise your kids once you leave hospital. For many parents, the lead-up to the birth is full of professional support, but new parents often find that once they leave hospital, the support suddenly drops away and they are left to figure the details out for themselves.
Ensuring That Your Child Grows Up Healthy and Happy
The biggest responsibility of being a parent is helping your child to grow up happy and healthy. There are so many children whose lives are unhappy and who lack even the most basic care, that many parents feel guilty about this aspect of parenting. So, what can you do to ensure that your child develops in the right way and learns what they are meant to learn? Consider the following:
- Reading: It is important in our society that children grow up being able to read and write. In fact, so much emphasis is placed upon these skills from an early age that it is incumbent upon parents to ensure that they get the best possible start, even before they begin pre-schooling. A great way to teach your child about the value of words is to read regularly to them. They will become familiar with both the written word and the tone of speech as you read so that they are prepared for school.
- Play: It seems natural to most parents that they should play with their children, but the benefits of doing so are far reaching indeed. Whether the play involves peek-a-boo games, hide and seek, or kids outdoor swing sets, play based learning is a very important part of your child’s normal development. Once they enter school, they will have learned the benefits of play and will build on it through the further development of gross and fine motor skills. Even teamwork teaches them to cooperate and coordinate with their peers.
- Schooling: Despite the fact that many of us hold hugely biased opinions on different types of schools, the fact is that education from an early age is vital to the development of children in our society. In many ways the debate about public versus private education, and their respective benefits, is an adult-centric argument. We should put it aside as much as possible when it comes to ensuring our children are educated.
Creating a Better Community for Everyone
Children are certainly our future. The continued success of our community, our society, and our world lies in their hands. This is why parenting is so vital and why nurturing young minds and bodies is essential to the functioning of our society far into the future. Even though parenting does not come with an instruction manual, play based learning, schooling, and literacy are important factors in their continued growth and development.