As soon as your child is able to toddle around, they can be given responsibilities. One of the easiest ways to start is by getting young children to clean up after themselves. Have them pick up their laundry and throw it in the hamper, their toys after they have been playing.
Every family is different and every child is unique. We made some bad decisions buying pets that did not match up with the child and we made some very good decisions as well. In my experience it is very important to do a lot of research ahead of time on how the animal will interact with the child and the family.
Whatever you do, teach your children to stand up for themselves! That should be one of the first lessons in your home. Let’s throw all this cushy, feel good, love the world, parenting advice out the metaphorical window, and give our kids backbone. The reality is that they are going to need to have one to succeed in this world.
Once you get passed the ‘play date at the park years’ and neighborhood block parties, and enroll your child in the brick and mortar walls of education, your children begin to make friends of their own. Based on what THEY think, not you.
Just because we grow up in a different time period than our parents, doesn’t necessarily mean that their values and beliefs are dated. In fact, every generation, despite advances in certain aspects of life, have the same similar set of life problems, values, and ethics.
Think about it: The alternatives include their learning about it from somewhere, something, or someone else! This little gem of a paradigm should alter the course of the conversation for the better right off the bat.
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