Simple and Effective Ways to Set a Great Example for Your Kid
By Cheryl Conklin, Guest Blogger
Biography: Cheryl Conklin created Wellness Central from her desire to share various resources and her thoughts on wellness. Apart from blogging, she enjoys traveling and going on endless adventures, and writing about her experiences at the end of the day.
As a parent, your actions can leave a lasting mark on your children. Setting a good example for your kids is essential for encouraging the development of good habits that will stick with them for years to come! Whether you’re dealing with toddlers and teens, raising great kids starts with your own behaviors. Here are some easy ways to mold your kids into incredible little people by adjusting your own habits, presented below by DrWeb’s Domain.
Take Steps Towards Self-Improvement
Show your kids how to become the best versions of themselves by identifying your own strengths and chasing your goals
- Consider going back to school to pursue a career path that you’re passionate about.
- Spend your spare time learning a new skill or hobby.
Model Healthy Behaviors
Children love to mirror the behaviors of their parents. If you want your kids to exercise, eat healthy foods, read and avoid bad habits, try to model these behaviors yourself.
- Demonstrate responsible decisions around substance use to help your kids develop a healthy relationship with alcohol.
- Make physical activity a priority in your life, and your kids will be more inclined to exercise too!
- Show your kids that you enjoy healthy foods and all the feel-good benefits that come with healthy eating.
- To encourage a love of reading, let your children see you reading, and make a point to visit the library together often.
- Bring your kids grocery shopping and show them how you make healthy food choices.
Be Kind to Yourself and Others
Treat other people—and yourself—with kindness and respect to raise polite kids with great self-esteem
- Practicing positive self-talk can help your children develop their self-esteem.
- Try not to take yourself too seriously. Don’t be afraid to laugh at your mistakes!
- Be mindful of the way you interact with others to show your kids that everyone deserves to be treated with respect.
- Do something for the common good, like volunteering your time at a local charity.
Being a great parent is not just about the lessons you teach your kids, but about the habits and behaviors that you display every day. Your kids will mirror your actions, for better or for worse. Encourage your little ones to grow into well-adjusted adults by adopting the habits you want them to pick up!