The basis of developing well-adjusted kids starts in the home. While having great babysitters around, having kids involved in camps and sports, and having them spend plenty of time is great, the foundation still comes from home.
Here are 8 habits that raise well-adjusted kids!
1. Just Be There
Being present is of utmost importance! As the children grow, the time spent with you will form nurturing memories. It also boosts their self-esteem, increases attendance at school and improves their attitude about school.
2. Read Every Day
It has been scientifically shown that early reading with kids helps them learn to interact speak, and read early themselves. It also supports emotional well-being, reducing the risk of them having behavioral problems at school. In fact, most people say the best time they remember spending with their parents is reading time!
3. Hug Them, A Lot
Hugging triggers the release of oxytocin, a hormone known as the love hormone. Hugs help create smarter children by stimulating the senses that promote brain growth and keep the healthy by boosting the immune system.
4. Okay, I Forgive You
Forgiveness is very important element of children`s happiness, triggering positive emotions, control of emotions, perception and cognitive morality. Children that forgive tend to have a more peaceful and clearer mind which leads to enhanced creativity, learning and happiness.
5. Display A Healthy Relationship
Healthy relationship among parents helps children feel secure and safe. Habits that set a positive example include hugging at least two times daily, conversing on a regular basis, having a date night, holding hands often, and complimenting each other.
6. Time For Bed
Sleep is essential for healthy brain growth and development. A well-rested kid is more attentive at school, which increase the potential for learning while reducing the potential of ADHD and hyperactivity. To develop good sleeping habits, make the room as dark as possible; establish a consistent bedtime and routine; limit stimulating activities in the evening; and no screen time within an hour of bedtime.
7. Straight From The Playground
Playing outdoors provides both physical and mental benefits for children. It allows the child to adapt to the situation and develop decision-making and judgment skills. A simple waiting in line for the monkey bar or the slide requires cooperation, sharing, discipline, and patience. Additionally, playing outdoors reduces stress, creates emotional stability, and increase vitamin D levels!
8. Structure And Routine. Structure And Routine
Routine is extremely important when it comes to developing self-discipline. Chores are a great way to implement these disciplines such as unloading the dishwasher, helping to bring in groceries, unloading the laundry and other small tasks. As simple as these tasks seem, the work wonders in regards to forming good habits, instilling work ethic and boosting kids` self-esteem.
More character building and fun chores
- Feeding the pets
- Putting toys away
- Lending a hand raking the leaves or grass
- Gathering the mail
- Lending a hand shoveling the driveway