Parenting Tips by Victoria Prooday
Parenting Tip #8: Handmade Holiday Cards
Remember the special feeling of getting a handmade holiday card in the mail? It felt like magic. Handmade cards are unique, much more personal, much warmer, and have a much deeper meaning.
We all have a busy life. It is easier and faster to send a Facebook message or an email. Unfortunately, we are depriving our children of the priceless experience of making, sharing, and receiving handmade cards. This holiday season, let’s put a conscious effort into making with our children handmade cards for people we love! The more love we share, the more love we feel💞
Parenting tip #7: Training is Required!
We all know that skating, biking, swimming require training kids. Moreover, we all know that these skills require POSITIVE training if we want our kids to love doing it. What about getting dressed, hanging jackets, putting shoes away, unpacking lunch boxes, doing HW, tidying up toys, cleaning rooms, table manners, conversation and social skills, organization skills etc? ALL require training! All require POSITIVE training! As we don't expect a child to be able to swim without teaching him the skill first, we can't expect a child to tidy up his toys without teaching him! For ideas on how to teach kids life skills in the positive and stimulating way, visit my YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPBCH6MwxPuiOzmsWmy7SzQ
Parenting Tip #6: I don't have time to spend with kids!
On a daily basis I hear from parents, 'Victoria, when I come home from work I have so many important things to do. I don't have time to spend with kids'. Really? Kids ARE our work. They are our most important work. All we have to spend with our children is 2-3 hours a day. Don't they deserve it? Instead of plugging them to TV, incorporate them in whatever you do, such as cooking, setting a table, cleaning, gardening, opening mail etc. These are great ways to connect, contribute to the family, and teach new skills. No technological babysitters can do our parenting work😉
Parenting Tip #5: Get a Pet Fish
One great way to teach kids responsibilities is to get a pet fish. Make feeding and cleaning the fish tank to become your child's responsibility. As your child proves to you that he/she is able to take care of one fish, you might consider getting a second one. Another added benefit of a fish pet is the calming effect of watching the fish swimming. Join your child in watching the fish swimming and discuss 'What is the fish thinking about?'
Having responsibilities is a learned life skill. Back in our childhood, we had to take on responsibilities out of necessity which prepared us for the adulthood. Today's children have no responsibilities and everything is being done for them. The long-term consequences of such childhood are devastating as children are not prepared for the real life. Every small responsibility given to kids counts!
Parenting tip #4: Don't carry your child's backpack.
Don't carry your child's backpack. Kids' backpacks should be their responsibility to pack, unpack and carry. To prepare kids for adulthood, we should slowly pass the load to their shoulders starting from backpacks.
Parenting Tip #3: Fishing
Fishing is a priceless gift that nature shares with us and our kids. Fishing teaches kids independence, problem-solving, planning, motor coordination, patience, and self-confidence. It has a calming effect on the nervous system and is a great stress reliever. Fishing connects kids with nature and family. Fishing is free, fun for any age, available all year around.
Parenting Tip #2: Spend Time with your Child
Schedule a weekly 1:1 quality time with your child. To connect with your child, disconnect from the world by turning off your phone. Activity ideas: visiting a library, baking a cake, washing a car together, hiking, learning magic tricks, making science experiments, swimming together, making a shadow or a puppet theater, scrapbooking. What are your child's favorite 1:1 quality time activities?
Parenting Tip #1: Note in the Lunch Box
Hide a love note in your child’s lunch box to share your feelings and put a smile on your child's face. Examples of notes: Thinking of you right now. Can’t wait to see you after school. My day is brighter knowing that I have you. Make it the best day ever. This lunch was made with love. I miss you already. Share your ideas of notes in the comments