Okay, so there’s really no such thing as a perfect kid. But we can all hope, right? We can all aim for the stars, and we won’t be all that upset if we don’t make it all the way. Still, what are some options that give parents the best opportunities to create children with good behavior patterns and charisma and emotional intelligence?
There are several choices that parents can make, especially early on, that will help improve the chances of guiding a child successfully. There is the matter of daycare choices. There is the decision to intentionally keep children away from too much screen time on devices. And there are plenty of character building exercises to move through as well, depending on contexts such as the age of the child and the environment that they’re in.
The choice of daycare can be a pretty big deal for a child. Some daycares are better or worse at giving kids activities to do where they can be social, learn things, and stay out of danger. There is also the matter of what kind of food they feed your kids at daycare and how much individual attention they get. The price point of various daycares does not necessarily match with the quality of service that you get there. There’s also the matter of geography. You are going to want to find a daycare close to you, but that might limit your options as far as other variables.
Staying Away from Devices
More and more evidence is suggesting that young children stay away from too much screen time. Even though iPads, tablets, and mobile devices can be exceptional learning tools, you have to take the amount of time that you spend on them with a grain of salt.
You can’t use it as a babysitter all the time and then expect the child to be okay when you take it away from them. Having strict limits about screen time hours is extremely important, and you should adjust those time limits every few months to make sure that you’re within an appropriate range.
Another thing parents can do to help their kids out is to give them character building exercises. Some of these are very concrete, whereas some are very abstract. You want to find age-appropriate ways to find out how to match your child’s personality with decisions that they can make that will serve them well through their youth and into their adult years.
Even though we know as parents that were never going to have perfect children, it’s still something to have as a goal. By following a few simple steps to ensure greater interactivity between children and successful behaviors, we are improving chances to have an upstanding citizen as a child.