Helping children and teens to use their time constructively can be a challenge at times. Summertime brings downtime from school and more time to pursue favourite activities. However, time with family and friends, opportunities to learn new skills, part-time jobs, volunteering, practicing independence and physical activity should also not be neglected.
What language do you use around children? I’m not talking about foul language. I mean using specific words to convey a thought or request that will result in a positive outcome.
From time to time over the last few years I’ve heard the expressions, “I wish life would slow down” and “I want to stay busy.” And I wonder about this paradox. People seem to want to keep busy yet at the same time they crave solitude.
“Tell me and I forget; show me and I remember; involve me and I understand.”
Travelling with the younger generation — be they babies, toddlers, tweens or teens - can be an enjoyable experience but it may take some planning.
Pursuing a healthy life takes practice and planning. When we choose to eat nutritious foods, exercise daily, reduce stress, get enough sleep, enlighten our minds with positive ideas and images, and foster nurturing relationships, we are being pro-active about our health.
Winter can mean challenges, however if you’re prepared, it won’t feel so long and cold and you might even enjoy it a little!
Learning financial literacy is not just for older children and adults. Teaching a child about money at a young age will help them understand the value of money later on.
We all want our children to be successful. Success can mean many things - aspiring to have a particular job, being healthy, contributing to society, having loving relationships, etc. Seeing a child’s potential in whatever it is that instils passion in them is important if we want to support our children over the years.