How Moms Set the Pace for Their Kids
By Sandy Schroeder
Sometimes moms are sure their kids are not listening at all, only to find out they are actually absorbing what is being said and watching everything. Everything! That's how it works with moms and kids.
If you look around among your friends and family, you will see kids duplicating all sorts of attitudes and mannerisms, according to Sierra Filucci, of Common Sense Media.
She says this opens the door for all sorts of positive impacts on kids. Here are a few ways that can work.
Enjoy family dinners without devices - Researchers have shown regular family dinners in which everybody gets a turn to talk and share ideas help kids do well in school and gives them a needed chance to vent. Excluding phones makes it a more relaxed focused affair.
Help them make sense of the world - As nonstop news spirals around us, it is easy to get drawn in. Kids see the same news but lack the experience to judge what they are seeing. Try to watch the news with your kids and explain what is going on, or ask them for their thoughts and answer their questions.
Help them learn the art of kindness - Let them learn from you and the way you treat other people. Kids can be quick to label other kids as fat, too short or funny looking in some other way. Take the time to talk with them about treating other people the way they would want to be treated, and avoiding teasing or joking at the expense of someone else.
Help them be who they want to be - Give them plenty of elbow room to try all sorts of things, music, art, sports, science or nature. Join in the fun with them with community classes, or local events.
Go for quality in media - Look for shows that encourage empathy and sharing, provide great nature stories or demonstrate how-to skills in art, music, or science . Also make sure kids are watching shows that are appropriate for their age.
Help them appreciate communication - Sometimes it is too easy to anticipate their wishes or just stay in the usual grooves, but taking the time to sit and talk with kids to find out what they are thinking and what they really want can be very revealing. When they realize you are really listening they may tell you all sorts of things about their day, their dreams, or their troubles. Fitting in talks wherever you can will help you and your kids get the most out of life.
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