At the age where mental health, equal rights, women empowerment, and other advocacy are loud and heard, kids are becoming more and more knowledgeable about what is and what should be. As can be seen in social media videos, they are becoming more aware of many things. From animal rights, gender equality to even the importance of education and individualism, kids are gradually becoming wiser, and it will make your parent-heart proud and hopeful.
So what does this hope mean for your kids? Unlike a few years ago, where social issues were rampant in the country, we now live in a progressive era that can someday be even better. Thus, with proper guidance and teaching approaches, your children will become even better members of society one day and part of a generation that is more emphatic, wiser, and even more financially responsible for preventing further economic damage. Wouldn’t that be ideal?
As a parent, the only thing you can do is guide them and raise them right, and later on, entrust the future to them. Children are lovely creatures, curious and kind by nature, and it is up to nurture these traits. While traditional education is mandatory and standard, here are three things that you can do to make sure your child grows up to be a contributing and compassionate member of society:
Inspire Them to Be Leaders
While each child grows up differently, there is still the fact that parents have a huge impact on their kids. Thus, when you set a good example of being proactive in social issues and even simply being present whenever you hit a road bump, they will take after you. They will know what it is like to be responsible and not resort to escapism. Your kids will be aware of what is needed to be addressed and how they can use their voices in the future.
Who knows? Your child might even take an interest in being a leader outside his personal life and work. You can even be raising a future senator, and you just do not know. Therefore, the next time you attend a facilitative leadership program, share what you learn with them when you get home. After all, it can be a form of quality time that they will surely remember when they grow up.
Make Sure You Have a Healthy Household
Kids take after their parents. According to psychology, a person’s behavior, attitude, and personality are based on their parents’ relationships. Basically, their whole being, including their issues, are patterned from their childhood issues.
There is one factor in each broken family that remains constant, and that is an unhealthy environment. While it is sad, this is true, especially with the current divorce rate in the country. When raising a child, it is crucial to be aware of their environment, as it can affect them in many ways that no one can ever predict. Additionally, a family does not have to be facing divorce to be unhealthy. Parents fight as all married couples do, but you need to be cautious about how much your children hear or see. If it cannot be helped, you can at least involve your children in an open communication approach, where you can tell them what went down in a language that they will understand.
Allow Them to Grow on Their Own
Remember when we mentioned individuality? Yes, this is the part where we will tell you not to impose your own ideas and beliefs on your kids. As parents, it is your instinct to protect them and decide what will be best for them. However, as time goes by, and as they grow up, they will be making capable decisions of their own, and you have to let them.
You simply have to trust that you raised them to be good and wise kids, and they will know what they want to be, what they want to take in college, where they want to go, and even what hobbies to take. Your responsibility is to be supportive but at the same time protect them from the things that can harm them. Yes, that would be parenting in a nutshell.
Having kids and raising little humans can be scary and challenging. Are you doing things right? Are you making the right decisions? You may never know, but in time, you will. When you see them grow up to be compassionate, wise, and responsible individuals, you will know you have done a great job.