One of the probably most asked questions in parenting. Don’t worry dear parents it’s nothing difficult. There are some basic rules on how to raise a good kid.
Teach them and show them the value of money
Adults know pretty well that money is time plus work. But unfortunately, children do not understand. At least not in the beginning. They think that money is just another funny paper which you can get at that big building called the bank or near that strange machine that gives that paper when you click on it. Yes, I am talking about ATM. You can tell your child that, for example, he/she can get only one doll. The next thing you hear is “Mommy can I have both dolls?”. So it is important to teach them that there is no such thing as a free meal or free money. The child feels secure in the family, and that is why you should give him a task to help you with something. For examples, chores are a very popular thing for kids. The child needs to know for example how to put the dishes in the sink or how to clean up the table or whatever chores needs to be done. To teach them the value of a dollar, his/her work needs to be related to money. But instead of money, they will do the job because it needs to be done and the work needs to be shared among the family members. Some experts say that it is a good thing to give them money because they will understand the connection between work and getting paid. It is up to you to choose what is ok with you and how does it fit with your family philosophy.
Teach them about the budget, household and costs
You could teach the older kids about the budget of the household and the costs. You would see their surprise when you explain to them what are the costs for something to buy or to maintenance. Children don’t know what we pay and what are the costs for some things. It is a good idea to start explaining and introducing the term costs, money, and value. The sooner they understand what these things are, the better it will be for them and their maturity to develop and to grow up according to their age. When they understand what the expenses are, they will be more responsible, and they will know what to do, and you won’t need to ask them to do anything. They will already know what needs to be done.
The good idea is to show them how the less fortunate people live
Usually, the child does not understand empathy when it is little, but it can feel sorry for someone and then appreciate the things it has much more. You could teach them how to be humane and to develop the feeling for someone and also to understand what it has and what other people don’t have. It will help your child to understand the real life and how things work in the adult world.
Most of the parents ask themselves how to establish a better bond with their kids. The time to start bonding or to improve the bond is never too late. A good way to improve the bond between you and the children is the simplest one. Read to them. You could read bedtime stories or even something from school books if the child likes it. This kind of reading encourages language development and better performance in school. It also improves reading skills. This way, the child will understand the rhythm of the language, and it will be able to understand and build a listening vocabulary. Reading also helps and improves child’s emotions and balances them in the right way.
It will bring you closer to your child and vice versa. Eating together is very important because it is an instinct that predates modern man. It is a “pack” instinct. This way the child will feel a “stronger” connection with you. It doesn’t matter if you know how to cook or you just make a quick meal, the feeling is there. For example, during dinner, you could always ask questions and show interest for your child. This way the child will be more stable as a person knowing that his/her mother and family cares for him/her. It is a good method to give you child a good example of how a family breakfast, lunch or dinner looks like and that this type of gathering is a normal thing for a family. Studies have shown that children who eat at least five meals a week with their parents are less likely to have or develop an eating disorder and will probably have better grades and success in school. It Is very important for a healthy family regarding family relations and normal behavior within the family.
Bedtime schedule is very important
Bedtime schedule is very important for the child’s development both physically and mentally. Studies suggest that TV should be turned off at least 30 minutes before bedtime. Same thing goes for the mobile phone. You can watch TV with your child before bedtime, and you should turn it off at least 30 minutes before his/her nap. The same thing is with a cell phone or a tablet. Spend quality time with your child but always make a bedtime schedule because this type of organization is good for their health, and what is a better way to bond with your child than to read a bedtime story, or to watch your favorite movie or a cartoon with your child. It doesn’t matter as long as you are spending those precious moments with your child.
Remember to always give your child a hug, not only before bedtime but also through the rest of the day when he/she returns from school. It is important to show emotions and to show that you care for your child and that it can see that you care. It is a nice path to becoming the best parent for your child.
Regardless of how busy and occupied with your career, husband, and kids, friends and your personal life you are, dedicating some quality time to handle aging process of your mother is a ‘must do’ in your schedule. All those long hours your mother spent awake, caring and nursing and babysitting – you, should be rewarded when her old age strikes. Nevertheless, aging parent is a challenge nothing less than a baby is and knowing how to handle this delicate period of their lives is essential for both, you and your mother. Here’s a brief rundown of some useful advice and instructions on how to behave, what to take care of and how to handle best your Mom’s aging process.
Make plan B for finances
Aging is primarily associated with various health issues, need for medications, treatment and long-term care. All of these senior services cost significantly. It is a scenario that your aging Mother faces financial issues at some point realizing that her savings just won’t suffice. Keep in mind that you will probably have to intervene and take care of many of these expenses. Making a solid, reasonable strategy about health care and senior services is essential for financial stability.
She will need assistance, even if she denies it
This aspect is a sort of a challenge and tactfulness test. On the one hand, Elder Mother will certainly start to lose her abilities, skills, and capacities for various actions one by one as time goes by. She won’t be able to drive anymore; you’ll face troubles reading, climbing stairs, memorizing long lists and many similar things. These limitations are hard to accept for both, children and a parent. Mothers are commonly independent and struggle giving up these “freedoms.” At the same time, she will need help, but asking for it will come humiliating or embarrassing to her. Try your best to be tactical and considerate. Try to observe her behavior and notice the difficulties without asking too direct questions. Then just do those duties on your own, without mentioning it as a form of help and assistance.
Talk about changes, but careful with words
Aging will impose various changes in physical condition, health issues, mental state, social life and daily routines. It’s absurd even to try to ignore these aspects and pretend life is the same. On the other hand, pressuring your Mother to face upcoming death is the morbid and insensitive approach. Find the middle way. Find the right words.
Be honest, open, moderately intimate and rather kind with your mother when it comes to these delicate topics. Still, going through this period with the full support of your will certainly soft the bitterness of these life challenges. These conversations should not only focus on philosophical aspects of aging but also on the practical issue. Suggest gently changes and modifications of some daily routines, habits, activities to adjust them according to her deteriorating health and decreasing strength. If you do this adequately, she won’t take it with fear, embarrassment or guilt, but as the loving and caring approach of her dearest people.
In addition to the traditional generation gap, many families host common phenomena of a troubling relationship between mother and daughter. It becomes particularly intensive during daughter’s teenage period or mother’s menopause due to various mood swings. The fighting might stop, fade away at some moment when their lives separate enough, but it’s far away from being benign. It can last for years, cause serious emotional issues and leave scars for the future life. Common life and growing amount of duties usually cover these issues up, but there are better and healthier ways to try to come to an understanding and establish steady, close relationship between mothers and daughters. These are some of the most useful methods to be applied.
Avoid ignoring and silent treatments
People argue or avoid conversation completely when they fail to find a way to go through a healthy conversation and discussion of the matter. Silent treatment or any other form of “cold war” will only worsen the atmosphere, lead to no resolution of the issue, but cause both Mother and daughter to feel rejected, lonely and frustrated. Give it up without even applying. Open conversation and clean coming should always be the only strategy you aspire to. Maneuvering situation with the adequate words, honest emotions and fair wish to resolve the problem is far better than mental pressuring with silence and pouting.
Improve argument, don’t raise voice
Hysteria, bursting into tears, heavy words and drama all over the place is way too often integrated aspects of fighting between mothers and daughters. Nothing good will ever come out of this. The art of reasonable, calm and mature conversation is the essence of every good relationship. Although it seems quite hard in some moments, having control over strong feelings and affects, watching your language and avoiding harming tone are healing methods. The drama will only exaggerate the whole issue and harm both of you physically and emotionally. And leave you with no better situation. So, always keep in mind wider picture. Be open and strong enough to accept the option of losing the argument and being wrong, but the aim is to resolve the conflict, not to prove the point.
Improve your relationship during peaceful phases
Learning how to cope better with occasional struggling and conflicts should include continuous efforts until the relationship is free from these ugly aspects.
However, improving the whole relationship, becoming closer and more emotionally attached to your daughter or mother and getting to know each other in more subtle manner could be achieved by spending more time together, having deeper conversations and building connection during the days without conflicts. It will prevent or at least soften some potential future disputes and give you both better ground for healthier resolution of the troubling moments.
Spare the rest of the family
To avoid the common situation when fighting between mother and daughter becomes the issue of the whole family and worsens relationships between other members, don’t pull anyone else in a mess. Don’t expect other family members to judge, arbitrate, choose sides and intervene. It will only spread the chaos. Finally, don’t hold grudges. Forgive and try to forget, without pulling dirty moments out of the memory during family meetings and gatherings.
Mothers that don’t have work tend to spend a lot of their time with the kids. Some go even further, and they keep their children in the house where they can observe them constantly. This is normal for kids that have less than five years, but for older children, it’s best to let them play with other kids.
Pressure from perfect parenthood leads to stress
The study showed two things that shocked a lot of people. First, it proved that parents that focus everything on children (making changes to their schedule to increase the amount of time they interact with their kids) builds up stress faster than other activities.
And indeed, working parents get more stressed that people who don’t have children even if they work at the same place and get exposed to the same amount of stressful situations. An obvious difference between stress levels can be observed between parents that focus their life on children and parents that send them in kindergartens.
Couples that are overly attached to their children place them at the center of their life (there isn’t anything wrong with it, but) and they build their life, including work and social activities, around their kids. This causes stress because they think that their children deserve more of their time which they should use to relax from work.
How this issue affects kids?
The study in question also showed that the time spent with children (under the age of 11) doesn’t affect their psychological or academic success in any way. So, one could claim that parents do this for self-satisfaction only. But that claim would be false because parents want the best for their kids and they are spending too much time with them for that reason.
The stress that parents get from scheduling their life so they can devote more time to their children can have adverse consequences on children as well. Parents that are under a lot of stress can unwillingly take it out on their kids. This is rare, but it happens in some cases. Another thing that can happen is the transfer of the stress on the children. They get the impression that their parents expect a lot from them and that causes negative thinking and kids can’t cope with stress as well as adults can.
Moms and children – Moderation is the key
All parents, especially moms as they tend to stick to children more than fathers, should take it easy with kids. They should spend some quality time with the kids, but they should also allow them to play with their peers.
Moms will get to rest and reduce the stress by spending some time on things they like while kids will get to play with their peers and lead a carefree life. Moderation is a key in a lot of stuff and parenting is one of them.
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For a parent, their child’s first day of school is not a big deal. However, for the child, it is a huge step and they need your help to get through it. without your support kids will stress out and be scared to go to school. Here are some things you can do in order to make their first day at school much easier and happier.
Visit the School. Visiting the school just to look around can be a lot of help for your kid. Your child will be more comfortable going on the first day because he will be familiar with the place. Ask someone to show you around the school, visit things like classrooms, cafeteria, and bathrooms. That way when he comes there for the first day of school he will know exactly where are certain things located.
Meet the teacher. Very crucial part of preparing your kid for the first day in school is to go and meet the teacher. Your kid will be more comfortable if he meets him in advance. This is also helping him to have a familiar face on the first day of school, otherwise, he could feel lost and scared.
Buy the School Supplies Together. Include your kid into the shopping part for the school. This way your child can show you what does items he likes, let him pick out his supplies. You should be there just as a guide to tell him what he needs, his job is to decide what he likes. It is a very pleasant feeling for the parent when you go to purchase the very first backpack for your kid. That memory will stay with you forever because at moments like that you are realizing how fast your kid is growing up.
Help them Organize. Guide them through the whole organizing process. Start from packing the backpack with the supplies that you bought together. Tell your kid what will he need for that day at school. Show him what kind of outfit should he wear to the school, unless there is a uniform that is required. Prepare their lunch with them before they go to their first day at school. If you do all this, your kid will eventually learn how to do these things on their own and you will be very proud seeing him preparing for school every day.
Reassure them. Before the first day sit down with your kid and have a conversation about the school. Ask him how he feels about the first day, if you see that your child is scared, you need to reassure them it is nothing to be afraid of and that they will make a lot of new friends in the school.
Let them go. As their mother, you should give your kids a lot of hugs and kisses the first day of school. However, if you have done beforehand everything right, they should be prepared and excited to go to school. One more important thing is to tell them that you are waiting for them after the school and don’t be late!
1.Homeschooling is life changing. Teaching and educating your child at home can and will create an individual development for you and your child. For you, the development and growth will be because you will have a chance to re-discover some of the interesting things that you have learned in school. As for your child, he will be getting all that education and growth from your knowledge and experiences. Homeschooling can have a very deep effect on your kid and it is great to further increase your bond.
2.You need to be Qualified. Not every mother can homeschool their children usually the reason is that it will take up a lot of your free time if you even have it. If you have an everyday job that you must go to, homeschooling might not be the best option for you and your kid. Other than just having time for homschooling, you have to have certain qualifications such as good and solid knowledge.
3.Kids love Learning. Kids are made to learn new things every day, you most likely have heard that before that kids are like sponges they suck up information very easily, especially when they are little. They have a hunger for new information every day and you have to be prepared to provide that for them if you are planning to homeschool them. Learning is a very long process, humans never stop learning it is implemented in our brain.
4.Respect the Laws. If you are living in the United States, then you most likely know that is legal to homeschool your kid. However, there are various laws about homeschooling that you might not know about and they can be different depending on the state. If you don’t know what laws are affecting your state, we recommend that you visit your local support group. The representatives from your state will inform you about every law for homeschooling.
5.Customize Homeschooling. By customizing we mean that you don’t have to do things as they are in regular schools. Your lecture doesn’t have to take up so much time as it does in schools. That is because in school’s teachers are trying to explain something with speed that is fitting the majority of the class. If you see that your kid is a fast learner, you don’t have to take up the whole day to teach him something. Customize everything to fit your child.
6.Questioning Your Skills. This is a very normal thing that every mother that is homeschooling their kids does. There will be days when you will be questioning your teaching skills several times a day. That shouldn’t drag you away from further teaching, stay strong and believe in yourself. Sometimes your kid won’t learn a lot because if will be hard for him, that is not your fault. Even in regular school’s kids are coming home clueless what have they learned in school. That’s why is sometimes better to homschool because you can go through the same lecture again if your kid doesn’t learn it the first time.
Every parent is a role model to their children, you can’t change that. They are growing up looking up at you and the decisions you make in life. They will try to mimic the behavior that they see from you because you are the only adult they have when they are growing up. Knowing that it is crucial to know what and how to do in life in order to become a perfect role model for your children. If you need some tips on what should a good role model mother do, then continue reading this article and you will find out.
Live Healthily. Living a healthy life is not only beneficial to you, but to your children too. They are more likely to pick up good or bad habits from their parents than from anyone else. Your kids are growing up watching you and how do you live your life. That’s why it is important to as a mother make good choices in life such as don’t smoke or quit smoking if you are, don’t abuse alcohol or drugs. These are some of the important things that you as a mother should avoid doing. Studies have shown that children whose parents are some kind of addicts are more likely to become addicts themselves than kids that have healthy parents.
Self-Improvement. You should never stop improving yourself and your qualities. That is the worst choice you can do in life to give up on self-improvement. You will raise your kids to do that same thing without even noticing and because of that, they won’t succeed in life. Never stop chasing dreams and goals, you are always capable of improving and achieving things in life no matter your age.
Maintain Healthy Relationships. Try to have very positive and healthy relationships with everyone. That will give your kid a good example of how to behave with other people in life. As a mother of your kids, you are not even realizing how much do you and your actions are affecting the life of your kids. Your kids will most likely follow your footsteps because you are their role model that they watch every day.
Open Up Your Life. You should be the best friend of your children. You are most likely their only adult friend that they can talk to if they have any problem in life. However, to achieve that kind of connection to earn their trust, you first must open up your life to them. Have them ask anything they want about your life, answer them all and don’t lie about anything. If you have made some poor choice in life tell them about it. When they know how something is like they will not try to experience it on their own, especially if you tell them your experiences. They will not judge you, they will most likely understand why have you did it and that way you can earn their trust. In no time, you can expect them to talk with you with much more confidence and trust.
Talking to your daughter and having a good connection with her is a very important part for any mother. It can be important for the daughter too, she needs someone who she can talk to about some sensitive and private issues. These conversations should not be a formal one, to have her sit down every Monday to talk with you.
The conversations should start naturally if she is having some problem in her life or she just wants someone to share her experience with, her mother should be that person. If you haven’t reached that level of trust with your daughter, we strongly recommend you start building it. This kind of a connection and bond will help you both to understand better some things about each other.
Start Talking to Your Daughter Early
This is the best advice we can give to any mother that wants to have a very close connection with her daughter. Start talking to her about personal stuff when she is very young, that can significantly improve your relationship later on in life. Some mothers have the problem of making a close relationship with her daughters because they started it too late. Later on, in life, it will be very difficult for you to gain her trust because you haven’t been there for her the entire time. There are several things you can talk about with your daughter that will bring you two closer together. Here are some examples of what you two should talk about.
Puberty. This topic has most likely already gone through your mind because it is the type of conversation that every girl is having with her mother. Even you had it as a child, so don’t forget this it can be very important for her.
Sex. Some people think that you should not talk about this with your daughter until she reaches a certain age. Of course, you wouldn’t be talking about sex if she is 3, but at some reasonable age, you should mention this topic in one of your private conversations. There are some things that are best if she first finds out from you, then from personal experience.
Beauty. Believe it or not, but a lot of mothers overlook this topic and never talk about it with their daughters. The reason might be because nowadays you can find out anything about beauty through the internet. However, so much more things she can learn from you and not from the internet about beauty and more importantly the importance of inner beauty.
Alcohol and Drugs. Just because she is a girl that doesn’t mean that this topic is not meant for her. This is a very serious topic that you should talk about more than just one time same goes for sex. That is because you will have a more mature talk as she gets older and you can tell her more about it. you should tell her that drugs and alcohol are not a good way to escape their problems. It will just create even more problems later on.
Most likely your children will not start doing fun activities on their own. You have to encourage them, show them how fun can some outside activity be. Nowadays, this has become a very important part of a parent because now everything is digitalized and simplified. The only activity your kids will do is play on the computer all day. A lot of things have changed in the past 15 years regarding the parenting. All that is because of the advancement of technology, 15 years ago kids were playing outside, every day a different game and more importantly they were making new friends and building their relationships. However, now we can barely see kids that are playing outside and the reason for that is technology.
Even parents cannot turn their kids from technology because it is now surrounding us and we use it too. However, as a mother, you can do certain things that will make your kid forget about his computer games, even if it is for a short time. Kids shouldn’t be stuck to their smartphones and computers all day playing and chatting with their friends through them. They need person to person communication, otherwise, they will not develop the needed human skills that they need later in their lives.
Addiction of Computer Games
Nowadays it is impossible to keep your children away from video games. Some video games can be very inappropriate for their age, so you must pay close attention what games they are playing.It can be very complicated and difficult to explain to your children that they need to go outside and play. To you, this might sound silly but kids these days do not know how much fun they can have outside the house. Therefore, you as their mother should show them by taking them to different places outside such as parks. There are so many things you can do that will entertain your kid and more importantly drag them away from technology.
A Picnic is a great distraction from technology. It is the simplest way to do something fun outside your home. Go to any park with grass and set up a picnic. You can make this a weekly or monthly thing, that way you can get some quality time with your kids.
Camping is another good way to enjoy the company of your kids. Every kid would love to go camping even if they say that they rather stay home, that is just the addiction for computers talking. That will fade instantly if you make this camping experience unforgettable. Your kids will want to go again because it will most likely be the biggest fun trip they ever had. Camping for few days is a great way to bond and connect even more with your kids. Go camping somewhere where you can teach them interesting things such as a fishing trip. Teach them how to build a bonfire and how to set up a tent. All those things will stay in their memories forever.