J&D Ultracare knows how to take care of children, specializing in pediatrics in the New York Metropolitan area along with the greater Hudson Valley area. We have been able to provide skilled nursing services to the medically fragile population in Rockland, Dutchess, Putnam County, Westchester, Sullivan, Ulster, and Orange Counties.
Teaching kids’ good values is equally as important as taking care of their health. That’s why we wanted to share a great article called “5 Tips for Raising Good Kids” from a website called First Things First. This is a great article that goes over research from a group of Harvard psychologists that have studied this topic in detail. While every child is different, these fundamental tips can be applied to anyone!
We’ve picked three of our favorite tips from the post and shared them below. If you are interested in reading more on the subject, we recommend reading the full article by clicking here.
1. Spend time with your children.
It’s often tempting to be in the same room with your child as they play with toys or a computer while you check email or social media. That isn’t what the researchers are talking about. Engage them in play, look into their eyes and read a book with them. Learn about their friends, find out what they think about school and that sort of thing. By doing this, you’re teaching them how to show care for another person and that they are a priority to you.
2. Model the behavior you want to see.
It’s easy to have one set of expectations for children and another set for adults. In some cases this makes sense, but when it comes to teaching your children, they are like sponges. They take in all you do. Everything from how you care for yourself and let others talk to you, to how you deal with a difficult personal situation or how you handle anger teaches them right from wrong and what it means to be an upstanding citizen. When you model the behavior you want to see, it is a powerful thing.
3. Show your child how to care for others and set high ethical expectations.
Children believe the world revolves around them. When you involve them in caring for others, especially people who are different from you, they learn they will not always be the center of attention and that all people matter. They also see what it looks like to share with others without being selfish.
Even the little moments can teach your child about being an honest and ethical person. When the cashier gives you too much change and you return the money instead of keeping it, they see. Or when your child sneaks something in their pocket after you said they couldn’t have it and you make them return it and apologize – that’s a teaching moment.
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