Parenting can be a lot of fun, but you must take extra steps to make everything perfect for your child. Here’s how to make a loving home for your children.
To be a great parent, you must make your home a welcoming and loving space for your children. You can read all the parenting books and take advice from your family, but sometimes, you must do things differently.
Children growing up today are in a completely different world from you or your parents, and you must account for this. Read on to learn how to make a loving home for your children.
Use Positive Praise
Its important to recognize your child for a job well done. It boosts their confidence, shows them that you care, and helps promote good behavior. If you’re having trouble coming up with positive things to say about your child’s behavior or accomplishments, try keeping a journal where you write down all the things they’ve done right throughout the day or week. Then when they do something great, pull out the notebook and read aloud everything they’ve accomplished!
Play Together and Independently
To ensure their home is loving, some parents will try and do everything with their children. Every meal is a family meal, every game is a part of game night, and every movie is one that the whole family watches together.
This behavior is commendable, but it can be overwhelming for the children. Encourage them to choose what they would like to do and not feel pressured to fit into your idea of what a family should be.
By giving your kids those personal freedoms, you are ensuring they understand that they can live their own lives and be who they want to be while still knowing that their family loves them.
One of the best things you can do to make your home more loving and welcoming for your children is to show an interest in their hobbies. If you don’t show an interest in your child’s hobbies, they will end up wandering around the home in a lugubrious state. You should help create an open environment where they can explore their hobbies and know they aren’t judged or pressured to do things in a certain way.
Similarly, if your kids get interested in something, you shouldn’t make it their whole life and personality. Give them the tools to continue with a passion, but don’t ruin it for them by trying to turn their hobbies into a business or a lesson. Let them be children, explore, make mistakes, and find passions. Your job is to be their biggest sideline supporter.
Another important thing you can do to make your home more loving for your children is to be transparent. When you’re a child, it feels like every important decision gets made without your input or is even hidden from you. This can make your children feel unincluded and lead to them not wanting to communicate with you. Even in the most challenging moments, like relationship issues, you should try to communicate openly with your children.
For example, long-term marital separations have pros and cons, and one “pro” is that you can hide your children from the scary reality of a divorce. This strategy is fantastic if they’re too young, but later down the line, it could make things even more confusing. Your child is a complete person, and you should treat them as such. You don’t need to get into every nitty-gritty detail, but you should still try to keep them informed and answer any questions and concerns they might have.
Make your home more loving for your children with these simple tips, and you will see your children grow up into well-rounded individuals. You can never eliminate adversity or strife from their life, but you can help give them the tools and the mindset to move forward, regardless of circumstances. Raising your children in a loving home will help them go through the rest of their lives focused on growth and compassion above all else.
If you need a good resource to share with your kids, I have just the thing for you! Global Tinker’s Mini Meditations for Kids is a mindfulness podcast series that is designed to help children develop a growth mindset.
The meditations are short, lasting about five minutes, to keep children’s attention. They are also free and easy to access. The meditations provide functional tips, breathing exercises and mindfulness techniques to help children in different situations such as taking a test, making mistakes and dealing with general anxiety.
The series is an offshoot of the award-winning animated series, The Paper Girls Show, which aims to empower children to be resilient, confident and curious learners. The podcast is a great tool for parents, educators and caregivers to introduce children to mindfulness and help them develop a positive attitude towards making mistakes and growing from them.