Monday, April 28, 2014

Forming Good Habits in Kids

Up until now, the adage remains true that no one can be 100 percent prepared for parenting. There seems to be a thousand and one cares and concerns that need a mom and dad's attention, down to the most minute and tiniest details. 

I've talked about money and finances as an excellent starting point for pitching ideas to parenting magazines. And yet, what's equally as important, or even more important, than issues with finances is modeling the kind of habits we'd like to see in our kids. 

Values formation has always been emphasized among churches and schools and must be instilled as early as possible. Investing time and energy in children yields the best form of benefits in the long-term.

Good habits must start at home, and cliche as it may sound, values are caught, not taught.

As a freelance writer, build your article proposals on the idea that starting small has many advantages, like developing one good habit at a time (e.g. going to bed on a certain time during schooldays). 

Also, the last thing that kids want to hear are "lectures," or long-winded reminders on what and what not to do.

So to get you started, think about the following when brainstorming:

  • Regulating the amount of time they spend watching TV, playing video games, and surfing the Internet
  • Teaching them to form good study habits by figuring out what their best styles for learning are
  • Getting them started on proper nutrition, and how much exercise they need daily
  • Giving them a daily or weekly allowance for their school expenses
  • Balancing their time between schoolwork, extracurricular activities, and other hobbies

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