Raising a socially competent and intelligent child is an important role of every parent. Having kids is a full-time job forever and in that respect, should be the most important job in your life. If you make sure to nurture your child’s interests, spend quality time with them and introduce them to the wonders of making new friendships, you will help your child grow up to be one great and happy adult.
Encourage the child’s interests and hobbies.
All skills are mutually connected and improve many different aspects of child’s healthy development. This is precisely why you should always try to be very supportive of your child’s interests. Whether it’s painting and drawing, reading, sports, botany, wildlife, etc. make sure to give a helping hand. By developing a certain skill in one area or subject, children will feel accomplished and more inclined to tackle some other areas as well.
Creativity at early age.
All young kids absolutely adore creating new things on their own. What’s more, the development of creative skills has a lot of benefits for many other skills as well. There are many toys that can spark up creativity in your child. Also, some creative and artistic game play is a great opportunity to introduce your child to other kids. In that respect, consider organizing little art events at your own home or backyard where kids from the neighborhood can come and have some creative fun with your child as well.
Bring fun into learning.
Of course, you should start thinking about nurturing your child’s learning habits as soon as possible. The right way to do so is by making learning fun and game-like. Forget about strict rules and pressuring your child to improve. Also, punishments and reprimand for wrong answers are not the right way to instill love for knowledge. Be patient, and use fun resources such as colorful markers, quiz pictures, interesting books, toys, household items, etc. to make this experience a lot more engaging and amusing for the child.
Let the child get dirty.
What better place to learn about the world than nature and playground? Don’t be overprotective and allow your child to get dirty and messy. There are many health and developmental benefits to this. Use the opportunity to encourage the child to ask questions about the outdoors and how things work. Also, make time to take the kids to the playground where they will be able to meet new friends and overcome shyness for good.
Sign them up for sports.
Most kids find a lot of enjoyment in playing various sports. Team sports are the perfect way to improve the child’s physical fitness and spend time with other kids. If there are no local sports centers for young kids in your area, think about organizing sports events at your own backyard or nearby park. Not only will the child become more socially aware and communicative, but they will also improve their thinking skills, logic and hand-eye-leg coordination.
There are many studies that prove online gaming for small kids is very beneficial. Of course, it’s your job to control the games and their time using gadgets. But there are tons of online games that use different subjects and topics, helping your child learn more about them. Also, these are usually played with kids from all over the world, which can significantly boost your child’s confidence to talk and play with others.
There are many interesting toys and games on the market that are specially created to foster the child’s creativity and logic. Some of these games involve more than one player, which is a great way to introduce your child to healthy competitive spirit and teach them patience and respect towards other people. Do your research when trying to buy a gift for your child and make sure to get them toys and games that would inspire them to learn and boost the development of various skills; mental, emotional and physical altogether.
Most importantly, always have time for your child. Listen to them carefully and treat them with respect. Never belittle their small problems and give them advice and support as you would to an adult. If they feel respected, loved and cherished, kids will have a lot more confidence to open up and try to improve as well as overcome any failure that might come along the way.
***This is a Guest post by Zara Lewis***