Guide Your Child Properly on Their Journey to the Stars
Helping your child reach for the stars doesn’t mean that you have to prepare them for the celebrity life from their early childhood. Of course, if your child expresses interest in this kind of life, there’s nothing wrong with giving them a helping hand. However, teaching your kid to reach for their own stars is a lot more complex but also a lot more fulfilling, gratifying and beneficial for the child. The true journey starts with love, support, and caring guidance.
Enjoying the responsibility
It’s very important that your child learns the true value of responsibility. It’s not just about the tidiness of their room or following the shopping list perfectly. In order for kids to understand the true meaning of responsibility, they also need to share the satisfaction that comes afterward. Moreover, if you want your kid to do something, a great approach would be to turn it into a game. For example, “who can make the bed faster” and similar. This will take away the sense of a boring chore. Also, gradually learning what responsibility means and actually noticing when they should help at home will definitely instill positive values that will be essential for a successful and happy adult life.
Encourage the kids to explore their relationships with others
Every parent wants to protect their kids from any kind of hurt, be it emotional or physical. However, such protection can do more harm than good in the long run. Just like you should let your child run around and even fall, scrape their knees and learn to get up again on their own, you need to let them socialize and learn about relationships with others on their own accord as well. Of course, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be there for them during difficult moments. Still, it’s paramount that kids realize that they can actually deal with both emotional and physical pain on their own. And it’s not about learning to take the bad things only. As they grow, explore and socialize more, kids will also become emotionally, mentally and physically stronger. They’ll be open to friendships yet able to differentiate right from wrong for themselves.
Support your child’s dreams and interests
Do you want to be the one to spoil your child’s fun? Definitely not. So, there’s really no reason to worry or try to explain to them why their dreams are not “in their best interest”. They are kids and they learn and grow by dreaming big. In order for your child to reach for the stars, they have to believe in themselves. And they need you to believe in them first.
There are many ways you can support your child’s hobbies, dreams, and interests. If they dream of becoming an artist, get them some art supplies and/or sign them up for drawing classes. Do they want to play an instrument? Try a music school for young students. If they love nature and wildlife, go for walks as often as possible and take the time to share your knowledge with them. The possibilities are endless. Your child will probably change their career preferences as they grow up, but they will already know how important it is to chase their dreams. You can show your support again by looking for expert tutors to help with university admissions – as you can see, there’s always a way to strengthen the child’s self-worth, confidence, and self-esteem and show just how much you care.
Remember, you want to help your child reach for the stars with your unconditional love and guidance. Not live your child’s life in their stead and shelter them from the world. In the end, be there for your child and teach them how to embrace all the experiences that life has in store for them, so that they can actually make the most out of every step that they take.
About the Author:
Tracey Clayton is a full-time mum of three girls. She feels she knows a thing or two about raising happy, healthy and confident kids. She’s also passionate about traveling, fashion and healthy living. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.