Chances are, there’s something on this list you’re missing.
1. Parents who read to them.
According to Researchers at the New York University School of Medicine, babies whose parents read to them have better language, literacy, and early reading skills.
2. Parents who travel with them
It doesn’t have to be international travels if you can’t afford it. Even local inter-state trips count. Travelling exposes them to different cultures which increases their tolerance of other cultures and ethnicities, willingness to know/learn/explore, to try different foods and independence, self-esteem, and confidence.
3. Parents who let them fail
This sounds funny right? Always rescuing your kid at every rise of a challenge or obstacle won’t help them learn self-dependence and it will eventually make them grow into entitled adults. While it may seem counterintuitive, it’s one of the best things a parent can do. Let the fail and learn from their mistakes. Over time, kids who face challenges heads-on will build resilience and develop the can’t be defeated mentality because they are not afraid to fall.
4. Enforce little or no-screen time when necessary
The development of some abilities like focus, attention, vocabulary and social skills are impeded due to excess screen time. Researchers claim that the brains of little children can be permanently affected if they spend a lot of time using tablets and smartphones. American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says children younger than 18 months should have no screen time at all, other than video-chatting while children ages two to five should enjoy an average of one hour screen time a day so it doesn’t take up the time for socializing, sleep, play and exercise.
5. Parents who eat dinner together
According to a nonprofit organization operating out of Harvard University, kids who eat with their families roughly five days a week exhibit lower levels of substance abuse, teen pregnancy, obesity, and depression. They also have higher grade-point averages, better vocabularies, more self-esteem and a strong respect for family bonds.
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