Takeaways from Childhood Experts: Some Sound Strategies for Child-Raising
- Expose kids to different cultures and countries to broaden their horizons and instill compassion and tolerance.
- Encourage unstructured playtime, spontaneity and social interaction, while allowing kids to also value solitude and the enjoyment of their own company.
- Foster creativity with such strategies as simple arts and crafts, keeping a nature journal, taking up a performing art, taking virtual museum tours or learning about the history of an art form.
- Schedule time in nature for fresh air and plenty of physical activity.
- Don’t overthink parenting. Like children, parents learn as they go, and it’s a collaboration.
- Cheer effort more than ability. Instill their striving for personal excellence without adding any expectation or pressure.
- Practice self-care and be an example of what living a healthy, joyful life looks like.
- Provide a predictable, low-stress routine; encourage participation in household chores and enforce boundaries.
- Teach children a sense of gratitude.
- Provide kids with tools to manage everyday emotions with simple mindfulness practices, calm breathing and engaging the senses.
- Encourage children to express themselves and communicate their feelings and needs.
- Teach kids that good health is wealth.
For kids to develop the solid foundation they need, parents should practice a full-spectrum approach that rounds out their experiences and skills, while instilling confidence and resilience. Read More »