Being a parent is not easy – you need to have the knack to impart knowledge to your kids in a way that is easy to understand and follow. If you tend to get preachy or too strict kids will turn deaf ears to anything that you teach them. Hence, get smart and adopt the following smart strategies to educate your kids at home.
The biggest challenge for parents of all age groups currently is social media and the internet. It is therefore crucial that as a responsible parent you educate your child on the do’s and don’ts of the internet. You can seek the help of animation or other age-appropriate videos online to teach your children on how to avoid unsavory online content and what to do should they ever come across such a situation.
For small children, you can install software that bans pornography and other adult related topics beyond the boundaries of young children. But with teens having their own mobile phones it will be hard to restrict them from using their device and seeing inappropriate content. Hence, as a parent always ensure that you keep the communication channels open with your teens at all time. This can be done by being firm but not too strict and learning to lose to some battles to win bigger wars.
Do not adopt a very aggressive approach to know about your kid’s day at school. Discuss your day at work or home and prod them gently to open up to you. If they clam, do not push but wait for a better moment to resume.
All children like to be praised and loved irrespective of their age; hence, always encourage and commend good behavior while reprimanding bad behavior. Praise not only their success but also their effort in failed endeavors.
As a parent, the onus is on you to inculcate the correct values and build a healthy person that can weather the storms of the outside world.
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