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Firm Foundation: 4 Ways To Give Your Child The Best Start In Life

Parents all around the world worry about their children and work hard to give them the best start in life possible. Approximately 83% of children aged 5-11 are reported to be in good health. Raising a child is a unique experience that requires a great deal of patience, understanding and selflessness. Despite the frustrations and difficulties faced by mothers and fathers, many also believe that it is an incredibly rewarding and fulfilling experience. There are a lot of things parents can do to help their kids get a great start as long as they are willing to devote their time and energy to make it happen.

Reward Effort And Achievement

Achievements in sports and academics are often honored with trophies, medals or other prizes to motivate participants to push themselves to the limit. Parents can adopt a similar approach at home by offering tangible or special rewards for certain accomplishments. However, it’s also important to separate special achievements from ordinary responsibilities. You may thank your child for taking care of their chores, but it’s not necessarily award-worthy. Parents should also reward their kids when they put in a lot of genuine effort towards a goal, even if they didn’t finish first. Incentivizing motivation and hard work early on fosters a productive mentality that will be very useful when they are older.

Help Them Explore And Experiment

Even if there’s not a shred of musical talent in your body, it doesn’t mean your son or daughter is the same. Parents should encourage their kids to try out lots of new skills and hobbies when they are young. Scheduling musical or art lessons can provide your child with a new outlet of expression, which could turn into a valuable skill down the road. Trying out new things also gives them a chance to meet potential friends and mentors with common interests.

Encourage Reading Early And Often

Even in a world dominated by video and multimedia, reading is still a necessary skill. Many studies have revealed the continuing importance of reading for a child’s overall academic development. In fact, many parents read aloud to their children when they are only a few months old to start building language skills early. Getting your kids to read at a young age can also help identify potential learning disabilities, since many of them are linked to difficulty with language comprehension.

Find Higher Education Options That Fit Their Needs

No parent wants their kids to be held back by a social, physical or mental impairment, especially when it could impact their entire future. Fortunately, parents of young adults can ensure that they receive a full education even if they can’t attend a traditional university program. Established schools allow students to pursue advanced degrees over the internet. Villanova’s business analytics masters programs are just some of the many options that remote students can follow to prepare themselves for a professional career.

Parents may not be able to prepare their kids for everything, but they can set a firm foundation that will support them for the rest of their lives. As a mother or father, you should always look for opportunities to expand your child’s world and allow them to grow into mature adults. Investing time and energy into your children requires commitment, but the rewards are well worth the effort in the end.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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