Last Updated on January 8, 2020 by Sarah
We all desire the best for our children.
We want them to be happy, fulfilled, successful, popular, and all the other good things in life.
But of course, wanting this and making it happen are two different things. So if your son or daughter is going to reach their full potential, you may find you’ll need to give them a helping hand. In fact, it could be the seeds that you plant in the early stages of their life that help determine their long-term success and happiness.
And while there’s no secret trick for ensuring your children grow up to be the best they can be, there are a few tried and tested tips which, combined, should increase their chances.
We’ll take a look at 8 of these things below.
1 – Encourage Free Play
Your child is born with a natural curiosity.
And while there are many areas where you’ll have to walk them through every step of the way, play is one area where they should have a fair amount of freedom to do their own thing.
While structured play has its benefits, if it’s too heavy-handed, then it could dampen a child’s creativity and curiosity. One space in particular where children should feel the freedom to explore independently is in the great outdoors. They’ll love discovering things on their own, which will help them develop long-lasting skills in the process.
2 – Provide Art & Books in the Home
Your child feeds off the environment around them. So if things are too static or dull, it could stifle a natural part of their development or curiosity.
One good idea that has been shown to have far-reaching benefits is providing art and books in the home.
This way, when your child seeks entertainment, they’ll have visually stimulating things to engage with. Who knows what skills they might develop if they pick up a book, rather than watch television? Among other things, it will certainly help stoke their creativity.
It’s always worth remembering that creativity is often much more prevalent in people who’ve been drip-fed with creativity in their early years. And that’s just what art, books, and music in the home will do.
3 – Get Creative
Of course, you shouldn’t just rely on creative objects around the home to do all the work. You can also create spaces and engage in activities that are creative, too. Not only will this help develop a child’s mind, it can also be bags of fun!
There are plenty of creative activities to enjoy in the home. Things like paper, glitter, and cordless glue guns can be used for arts and crafts projects. On rainy days, you can look at hosting your own family talent shows, or create stories together. Pinterest is often a great place to look for creative activity inspiration.
Not only will you have plenty of fun while you’re doing these things, you might just find that your son or daughter has a natural talent in one area, too!
4 – Explore Around Town
While you’ll want to ensure that your home life plays a big role in your child’s development, it’s also important to look at getting out and about on the town or areas where you live.
Whilst your child is a central part of your family, they’re also part of your local community, too. So whether it’s activities at the local library, nature walks, play groups or or simply trips to the park, you’ll usually find there’s a host of things to do in your local area.
Understanding this, and getting to know the people and places of their hometown can develop a deep-seated love for the place where they grew up, as well as help them become more comfortable with the outside world.
Many older adults who were immersed in the community as they were growing up often talk very highly about this aspect of their childhood.
5 – Invest In Trips Abroad
Furthering this theme, if budget allows, you could also look at taking your children overseas to visit another country.
It’s a big world out there, and children who spend even a little time in other cultures often grow up to have a greater appreciation for the planet and the people that live within it.
There’ll be times when you want to do nothing but spend a week on a beach in a hot destination, but there will also be times when a cultural trip to a fascinating country might be just the thing to inspire your child and teach them more about the planet they live in.
6 – Nurture Their Interests
Everyone is unique, and that’s part of what makes the world such a fascinating place!
In all likelihood, your son or daughter will have interests that are entirely their own. And you find that these interests are underrepresented in the schooling system. So make sure these interests can be pursued.
Passion for a subject or thing is delightful to see in adults, but the seeds of the interest usually date back to their early years. As well as being good for the mind, pursuing these interests can be a great way to spend time as a family, and may also turn out to be enjoyable for you, too.
7 – Get Active
Studies have shown that people who have an active lifestyle when they were younger are much more likely to be fit and healthy when they’re older.
So look at building some physical activity into your family’s schedule.
It doesn’t really matter what it is, so long as it involves getting the body moving and having fun. One particularly recommended activity is anything that involves the outdoors. There really are a lot of benefits to spending time in nature or the coast, including a greater appreciation of the natural world and the mood-boosting chemicals that it brings to humans.
8 – Talk It Out
We’re beginning to understand more and more about what it takes to be a happy and fulfilled adult.
For example, in order to have a positive state of mind, we now understand it’s important to know how to communicate your thoughts and feelings. One issue many people have is that they were never taught how to do this when they were younger. So look to foster this skill in your child, inviting them to talk things through whenever the need arises.
Communication is a tricky skill to learn once you reach adulthood, but if honest and open conversations are part of your child’s life from a young age, then they’ll find it much easier later on.
I hope you found these tips on how to nurture your child helpful.