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Being a better parent to your children
Tuesday, 07 November 2017 00:00

10 Steps to becoming a better parent

Raising kids is one of the toughest and most fulfilling jobs in the world.  Here are a few tips on how to become a compassionate, connected, loving parent.

STEP 1 Give your child love and affection.

Sometimes the best thing you can give your child is love and affection. A warm touch or a caring hug can let your child know how much you really care about him or her. Don’t ever overlook how important a physical connection is when it comes to your child. Here are some ways to show love and affection:
◦ A gentle cuddle, a little encouragement, appreciation, approval or even a smile can go a long way to boost the confidence and well-being of your children.
◦ Tell them you love them every day, no matter how angry at them you may be.
◦ Give lots of hugs and some kisses. Make your children comfortable with love and affection from birth.
◦ Love them unconditionally; don’t force them to be who you think they should be in order to earn your love. Let them know that you will always love them no matter what.

Tip: Try and remember the tokens of love that you did or did not get from your parents. Try to remember how it felt to be a child receiving or not receiving those tokens of love. Write a list of 10 things that you could do on a regular basis to show your child how much you love them. Remember “fake it till you make it”. If you did not receive tokens of love and affection from your parents it might feel awkward to give it back to your child. Even though it might feel awkward and foreign, try to start small with showing affection with ways that feel comfortable for you and then gradually move out of your comfort zone into bigger displays of love and affection.

STEP 2  Set up household rules and boundaries.

 

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Bucket List for Kids
Saturday, 07 October 2017 00:00

What every kid should try to experience before they turn 18

Bucket List for Kids: Things to Experience in Childhood

There are so many fun things to do with your kids, here are some your child should experience before growing up.

We want to give our kids the world. Yet those wonder years only last so long – and can only contain so much.

Every day, each experience, no matter how magical or mundane, fills it up a bit more. Like sand in a beach pail.

Here are some suggestions on what you should help your child fill their "bucket" with:

1. Soak up the night sky away from the city lights.

2. Get dirty! Splashing in puddles, making mud pies and rolling around in the grass gives kids a fun, carefree feeling.

3. Correspond with a pen pal from another country. (Handwritten letters a plus.)

4. Learn yoga and meditation. Such great tools to help calm the mind and help them deal with stress!

5. Get exposure to all sorts of music. The Beatles, Neil Young, Elton John, Prince, Chaka Khan, Baby Mozart and Bach. It is a great way to connect to people.

6. Drink rain.

7. Go to overnight camp when they are old enough. They’ll meet kids from other areas, make friendships that could last a lifetime – and taste life away from home.

8. Care for a pet – especially feeding it. It teaches kids how to be in charge, responsible, caring, considerate, creates respect and loyalty, and helps them focus.

9. Learn to swim (without water wings).

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