Children are always quick to adapt to everything surrounding them, especially others' activities. They quickly learn and imitate what others do, and they start doing the same. We all know children learn from what they see and listen to; therefore, parents must lead them to inculcate good habits in them.
Benjamin Franklin once said, "It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them."
Developing good habits in children is essential to design their behaviour and personality. It makes them good human beings; otherwise, they may adopt bad habits. It is always easier to adopt negative things than positive things because it looks easier to us. In fact, it is the human being's inborn tendency to adopt the negative or wrong things as it gives us a quick result. Children are also unknowingly doing the same thing so it is the parent's responsibility to show them the right path before they turn towards the wrong way.
Parents must teach and guide them with interaction. If your child forgets or fails to follow some rules, repeatedly remind them, but avoid negative comments, discouragement, or punishments.
Always track your child's development. Focus on your child's weaker areas and help them strengthen them. Attend the parent-teacher meeting, or if you feel you need an update about your child, discuss it with their teachers. In this way, you can understand your child's progress.
Now let us discuss some ways to develop good habits and manners in your kid.
Ways To Instill Good Habits And Manners In Your Children
Keep things positive around them
A child's initial developing years are very delicate, so try to keep the environment positive around them. In this stage, whatever they learn will leave a mark on their mind and affect their thought pattern. Always make them feel that their home is a happy home.
Phrases for basic manners
From the very initial stages of their learning, teach them some essential phrases that show basic manners. Encourage them to use words like Welcome, Thank you, and Sorry, where appropriate. Also, you can give examples of the good-mannered child they know but remember, do not compare with them.
Encourage learning, not competition
When your child becomes a school-going student, encourage them to focus on learning rather than competition. Make them understand that what they learn will stay with them for life long. Never force them to stand first in the class. This will develop unhealthy competition in their mind, and they start rote learning.
As children imitate their elders very quickly, so you must show them respect. It is the time to encourage them to do the same.
Tell moral stories
Reading out stories from a book with a moral lesson motivates them and inspires them to behave correctly. You must get some story books from a bookstore and read at least one moral-based story every day at bedtime. You can also read the stories aloud to strengthen their pronunciation and command over the language.
Teach them to take care of and be responsible for others. Though it is not easy, you must do this so that they can grow up to be a caring adult. You can ensure this trait by giving them to keep something important thing.
Encourage family bonding
No matter how much busy you are, you must spend some time with your child. Family time is very crucial for your growing child. Introduce them to different members of your family. Tell them how they are related to them and teach them how to treat them. In this way, you can make your child understand the importance of family.
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