A child’s early years play a critical role in their development stages. Many parents turn to various external sources to raise their children. Daycare centers, along with childcare centers, after school care programs, and preschool programs, in particular, are highly sought after owing to their benefits for children.
Regardless, a parent still serves as the primary caregiver for a child and the home their main learning environment. Here are some good habits to encourage in your child:
Good Habits Parents Must Teach Their Children
Teaching responsibility and accountability can one of the most challenging things to teach a child. However, it can go a long way in helping them become aware of the impact of their words and actions.
Instill responsibility by teaching them to clean their room after playtime, stacking their used plates in the kitchen, or putting them in charge of watering plants. This will give them a sense of ownership over their actions.
Sharing is an issue that most children struggle with, which stems from possessiveness and can extend to people, pets, belongings, and material things. Teach your child the importance of sharing by encouraging them to play games that require collaboration and turn-taking instead of competition.
3. Importance of Listening
It’s natural for children to be a little self-involved at young ages as they’re still coming to grips with themselves. However, it’s essential to teach children the importance of listening. Whether it’s listening to their family members, teachers, friends, or even pets, show them how just as they verbalize their feelings, others do so too, and that it’s important to make the other person feel heard.
4. Have a Routine
A daily routine is very important for children. From waking up to meal times to playtimes to scheduled bedtimes, routines help structure your child’s day, find time for enjoyable activities, and build healthy habits.
5. Step Outdoors
Playing outdoors helps children remain active, explore their environment more, and not to mention, improves their motor skills. Teach your child how to ride a bike, help them take the dog out for a walk, or take them to a nearby park for some playtime and a mini-picnic.
Stepping outdoors will help your child learn the importance of nature and taking care of the environment.
6. Encourage Individual Activities
Encourage individual activities for your child that help them be on their own, reflect on their actions, and learn new things. Personal activities such as reading, painting, or drawing can help them grow.
At Whole Development Centre’s preschool and afterschool care program, we believe in the importance of instilling good habits during early childhood years. With various innovative pedagogies and techniques, we want to help your child grow as an individual and secure their future. Learn more about our practices in Lenexa or schedule a tour!