The early years of life is when we see rapid mental growth, along with the development of mental and physical skills. It is during their early childhood that children pay more attention towards friendship and teamwork. This is the golden period when you can teach moral values and help develop a sense of responsibility in them.
Pay equal attention towards their diet and physical activities, since obesity in children is a rising problem worldwide and invites diseases at an early age, says the Saudi Journal of Obesity. Additionally, incorporate discipline and set clear rules for watching TV, playing, sleeping and studies, and stick to them. Learn how teaching values, outdoor activities and healthy eating can help your child.
Teaching Moral Values
Unconditional love and kindness, honesty, hard work, cooperation, compassion, forgiveness and respect for elders are the most important values that you need to teach your child. Always take time out to talk to your child. Ask them how they spent their day in school with their friends. Then tell them about what they did right and what they did wrong. Your daily efforts will provide them a judgement of right and wrong, and protect them from daily societal negative influences, while laying the foundation for them to develop into good and responsible citizens. Continue reading motivational and inspirational stories to them.
Encourage Outdoor Activities
Initially, you can take your child outdoors and play different sports with them. Once they make friends and develop interest in a particular sport, you can let them play on their own. Give them the freedom to shout, jump, run, hop or skip. In open spaces, children are much more physically active, hence challenging themselves. How they interact with their friends tells you a lot about their mental wellness. Like every concerned parents, you might fear injuries, infection and dirt. But don’t let your fear hinder your child’s physical and mental development. Just keep a good quality detergent and first aid kit available at home. In case of injury, take care of the wound and use products like Vanish Gold Oxi Action Powder to remove stubborn blood stains. But never stop them from playing outdoors.
Promote Healthy Eating Habits
The best way to ensure optimal physical, mental and brain development is to ensure the right nutrition for your child. Excessive and irregular consumption of junk food is the reason why most children lack focus, feel lethargic and develop diseases at an early stage of life. Take out all the unhealthy food from your kitchen and fill the cabinets with fruits, vegetables and nuts. Learn simple recipes using such ingredients that you can offer your child in fun ways that they will enjoy. Further, educate them about the importance of drinking lots of water and remaining hydrated, especially in hot climates like that of Saudi Arabia.
And don’t fear dirty clothes, injuries and blood stains. These are all part of childhood. Just learn easy ways to take care of them.