All parents want their children to be well mannered, well
organised and full of good
habits. This is common among the desires of parents from time immemorial
and for the parents from any part of the world. But to teach children to have
good habits in them is a real daunting task for majority of the parents. Just
think if parenting was so easy there would be no problem in world and, of
course, there would not have been so many books written on different aspects of
Well, this does not mean that you will not be able to teach
your children about what is good in day to day life. Many parents think that
when children will grow up they will automatically learn things. But the fact
is the habits put in during childhood get transferred to adulthood. The only
thing you have to keep in mind is that you should stay calm and have patience
when you are teaching your child anything. Reviewing is also important without
any blame game or sarcastic way of talking if the child has grown up.
Tips to Teach Good
Habits to Kids
Here is how you can teach good habits to your kids.
Be a Role Model
Firstly, make improvements in your habits. Be a role model.
If possible both of you must pay attention to keeping things in place after
their use. Children learn what their parents do in their day to day life very
fast and easily. Pay attention to making use of all kinds of good habits in
your life and you will see changes in your children almost without any effort.
Teaching Good Habits
You can turn teaching
good habits through a game. If you have more than one child, you can give
points to one for reminding things to the other one. Make sure you do not give
punishments or use harsh words for not doing any work. This will probably have
a negative impact on the child. Make certain that your children are not taking
it as a competition and try to make it a friendly challenge and see that both
the kids enjoy all this.
Rewards and fun games
will help them add up positive attitude towards accepting things. Kids forget
things easily and they are unable to stay focused on any point or goal. You
have to do this and review things from time to time. You can make a daily
routine like arranging their beds, books and toys and so on so forth.
Encourage Kids to
Practice Good Habits
If you find that the entire room of your kid is haphazard,
you can help him make it neat and clean and well arranged. Do not do that for
him or ask him to do the entire work in a limited period of time. When you will
help him organise his things and keep it arranged, he will learn the importance
of neatness and appreciate your helping attitude too. Next time you might not
ask for help but your kids will be around you helping always.
The most important thing that you should keep in mind is
that repeat everything everyday so that the practice turns into habits. You can
do many things together like wash hands before meal, brush teeth or you can
also have a quiet reading time before going to bed at night. Doing things
collectively will give you no pressure and you will feel that your kids have
learned good habits without giving you any mental or physical burden.