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A child’s environment has a profound effect on how they develop, and parents can play an important role in the nurturing of their child. Parents are not only responsible for providing their children with healthy and nutritious food, but also with love, affection, and encouragement when they need it most. Children will learn more from their first five years of life than any other developmental period of their lives, so it’s important to keep that in mind as you’re raising your children. Here are 10 ways parents can nurture their children, giving them the best possible chance at success throughout life.
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1) Creating an Environment Where the Child Feels Valued
A child should feel valued and encouraged at home, making him more likely to thrive socially and academically. According to Psychology Today, parents can create an environment where their child feels valuable by providing encouragement and being a role model. Parents can encourage a child by helping her master new skills and giving her praise when she does well. Parents also serve as good role models for their children by demonstrating compassion, respect for others, and persistence in challenges.
2) Spending Quality Time with your Children
Creating a nurturing environment for your children begins with spending quality time with them. The more time you spend with your children while doing fun things they enjoy will help them to grow closer to you. It’s important that parents set aside time in their day and schedule times where they are just spending quality time together. When it’s just you and your child, focus on bonding through play rather than just watching TV or playing video games (although these can be great tools). Nurturing is about connecting with your child—not teaching or lecturing—and involves meaningful conversation, asking questions, and getting involved in activities that pique their interests. Activities like reading together, attending sports events, and going on nature walks are all opportunities for both parent and child to nurture each other.
3) Raising an Emotionally Quotient Child
Emotional Quotient (EQ) is defined as, The ability to monitor one's own and others' feelings and emotions, to discriminate between different feelings and label them appropriately, and to use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior. The key here is that parents should not be primarily focused on their child's IQ but instead on their EQ. For a child to develop well-rounded social skills, they need parental figures who are empathetic. Here are 10 ways you can nurture your child's EQ 1. It seems obvious, but make sure your words carry weight with your children; when talking about good actions and bad actions, for example, don't just say yes or no. 2. Encourage them to speak up for themselves by giving honest feedback from others when you're around so that they learn how to verbalize their opinions/feelings in inappropriate situations 3. Be real - if something is bothering them at school or with friends, let them know you're there for support in whatever way you can 4. Don't correct every little thing - praise more than criticize 5. Make them understand what it means to feel empathy 6. Help identify solutions - point out all possible solutions even if it isn't what they want at first 7. Teach self-control 8. Explain consequences of actions 9. Give guidelines of trust - we won't always agree on everything but I'll always give you my best advice 10. Show them love regardless of mistakes or failures.
4) Showing Love in Simple Ways
It’s easy to get swept up in your everyday life and forget about your loved ones. How many times a day do you call home or send an I love you text? At least a couple of times, right? We all want to spend more time with our families and children—it’s just difficult to find time amid long workdays, meetings, and traffic. The good news is that while it might not be possible to put in more hours at work, you can find ways to increase your focus on family by simplifying how you express your love for them.
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5) Provide Kids with Opportunities to Lead
Parents have an important role to play in fostering kids’ leadership skills. Start by giving kids opportunities to try new activities, be on teams and make decisions for themselves—that way, when it comes time for a group project or a class election, they won’t feel like they don’t know how to lead. Parents can also encourage leadership skills by letting kids figure out things on their own: Let them choose what they want for dinner instead of making a decision; let them pick their clothes instead of telling them what will match, and let them solve problems without intervening. Showing kids that you trust them with these kinds of challenges teaches important life lessons about responsibility and self-reliance.
6) Engage your Kids in Outdoor Activities
You can create a safe and secure place for your child to play in your backyard or you can introduce them to new, exciting outdoor activities that challenge their physical abilities. If you want to help your child develop their creative abilities, then enroll them in an art class. You might also take part in outdoor activities together and engage your kids so they learn to love what you do, too. They'll pick up on your skills and learn from your example—there’s no greater way for a parent to nurture a child's development than by interacting with them physically.
7) Teach Empathy Early
When it comes to children, nurturing is more about time spent and less about gift-giving. Studies show that kids who feel a sense of closeness with their parents are better equipped to deal with disappointment, stress, and frustration. All parents have an opportunity to nurture their child's empathy by spending quality time together and showing genuine interest in what they're interested in. Simply talking with them can also be helpful; if you do it often enough, they'll learn that you care. When they make mistakes—and eventually, they will—try not to belittle them or criticize them harshly.
8) Encourage Curiosity by Exposing them to new Things
It’s no secret that parents play a crucial role in how their child develops. They are responsible for maintaining healthy habits and influencing what their child eats, drinks play with, and believes in. So why is it that we often tend to shelter our children instead of exposing them to new things? One of my favorite quotes about parenting says: Nurturing doesn’t mean making your kids happy all of the time. It means being more interested in who they are becoming than who they are. Encourage curiosity by exposing them to new things; because if you can teach a child curiosity, they will never stop learning and growing as an individual.
9) Let them Take Part in Household Tasks such as doing laundry, cleaning up after meals, etc.
When children help out around the house, it not only instills in them an appreciation for helping others and takes some of their energy away from making mischief, but it also makes them feel as though they are part of a family. Not only does that make your child feel special, but it also teaches him or her how to be independent. That skill is vital for success later in life. Studies have shown that when kids help out with chores early on, they end up being more mature and productive adults later on in life. No matter what age your child is (though you’ll want to start while they’re young), make sure to involve them in as many household chores as possible.
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10) Provide Unconditional Love and Support
There’s no denying that your parents—or parent figures, for those who didn’t grow up with their biological parents in the picture—played a huge role in shaping you into who you are today. They instilled values, taught you about life, and helped mold you into an adult. However, as your child grows older, there comes a time when they need to begin making their own decisions and take charge of their future. It is at that point where many kids develop issues; they lack self-confidence because they’ve never had to deal with failure or rejection on their own before. Parents can help build a stronger sense of independence by providing unconditional love and support while also letting kids make mistakes on their terms.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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