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There is no right or wrong when it comes to parenting. Being a mom or dad is a tough, demanding and time consuming job, but there are certain habits that many of the most effective parents develop.
Here are 7 habits of highly effective parents:
TALK to your kids
88-89% of words children use by the age of 3 are from their parents’ vocabulary. The more you talk to your children, the higher their functional vocabulary. Talking to children boosts their brain power and sets them up for success at school. Research shows: Parent and child conversation length strongly correlates with children’s IQ and reading ability.
READ to your kids
Studies show that children whose parents read to them at least 20 minutes a day are as much as a year ahead of other kids by age 15 academically. We all want smart and bright kids which is why we spend so much time choosing the right school. But remember: as a parent, you have the power to boost your child’s learning potential simply by making books an integral part of their lives.
Let your kids PLAY
Don’t underestimate playtime. Play fosters executive function skills. Executive function is enhanced working memory, reasoning, task flexibility, problem solving and the ability to self regulate. Play also improves concentration. Playtime may look like leisure time but when children are playing house, building castles, fighting imaginary dragons or organizing a game of hopscotch, they are actually developing crucial life skills and preparing their brains for the challenges of adulthood.
LIMIT your kids’ TV time
Children under the age of 2 should not be allowed to watch TV, its known to interfere with their brain development. For older children, watching too much TV can lead to less concentration. TV also overloads the visual part of the brain, destroying creativity.
FOSTER your kids’ creativity
Creativity is not limited to artistic and musical expression- it is also essential for science, math, social and emotional intelligence. Creative people are more flexible and better problem solvers, which makes them more able to adapt to technological advances and deal with change- as well as take advantage of new opportunities. My recommendation to foster your kids creativity is Flying Start Magna Tiles, Flying Start Magna Blocks and paints – my kids can play with these endlessly.
SNUGGLE you kids
Touching, rocking, talking, smiling and singing are nourishments for young children, laying a foundation for a healthy and well developed brain. Cuddling promotes bonding between a parent and child. It also increases a good chemical in the brain which in turn lowers stress, promotes healing and makes one happy.
ENCOURAGE your kids
Encouraging children is one of the most important things you can do as a parent. Pay attention to their effort which is more important than the outcome. Pay attention to little acts of kindness to a sibling or a friend, small things like saying “thank you” without being reminded or cleaning the room without being prompted. Saying phrases like “I appreciate your help”, “Wow, you worked hard!” will go a long way in building a child’s self-esteem.
Those are some habits highly effective parents develop, I’m sure there are more, can you think of any?