How to Help Your Children Thrive

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When your kids are little, your main goal is to keep them alive. After all, it’s your responsibility to clean, feed and protect them. So, for the first few years of their life, that’s exactly what you do. However, there comes a time when they don’t have to rely on you for everything. Eventually, they learn to take care of themselves and make their own decisions. When they do, you’ll take on the role of helping your children thrive. 

This new responsibility may require a slightly different mindset, one that allows room for mistakes, sadness and even injury. Of course, you’ll never stop loving or protecting your kids, but helping them thrive does entail some risk. 

Here are a few ways you can help your little ones thrive — and be an amazing parent — as they grow into the person they were always meant to be. 

1. Encourage Free Play

One of the best things you can do for your child is let them play freely. In play, kids learn how to navigate their physical and social environment and respond appropriately. They also learn how to imagine new realities, problem solve in real time and manage their emotions. All of these skills will be especially important as they grow through adolescence into adulthood. 

Plan for play or schedule in downtime and allow your little ones to experience boredom until they recover the presence to self-direct and act on their curiosities. Provide open-ended toys, craft supplies and other materials to further encourage free play. 

2. Establish Boundaries 

Establishing boundaries can also make room for playtime and help your kids embrace a dynamic, impassioned life. Try creating healthy boundaries by limiting screen time and scheduling time for them to be alone. Develop a routine so they don’t have to battle their own impulses. Rather, they can live and play within these structural boundaries and confidently face each day. 

Putting up boundaries can also keep your children safe while also allowing them to make mistakes. For example, keeping the kids within the boundaries of a fence will protect them from the dangers of the street. However, they’ll still have the space and freedom to play however they choose, even if that means they sustain minor bumps, scrapes and bruises. 

3. Take Sensory Breaks 

Whether your child attends school virtually or in-person, it’s important that they take frequent sensory breaks. As teachers become more aware of childrens’ holistic and mental well-being, many are incorporating meditation and breath exercises to help students decompress throughout the day. These activities can also minimize sensory overload so children can thrive both in and out of the classroom. 

If your little one is taking online classes, schedule sensory breaks together. Shut your laptops and take a few moments to stretch or dance out your anxiety and tension. Then, quiet your minds with meditation or deep breathing so you both can focus on the next class or client meeting without feeling overwhelmed. 

4. Make Goals… and Mistakes

You tell your kids that they can accomplish anything they put their minds to, but do you actively help them achieve their dreams? Maybe they want to learn how to do a cartwheel or get all As next year. Support them by helping them make specific, measurable goals they can achieve and celebrate along the way to reaching their bigger aspirations. Write them down and revisit them often so they can track their progress and stay motivated. 

Of course, letting your child mess up and fail is equally important on the road to success — and entirely normal. Instead of holding your kids to unrealistic expectations, create space for them to make mistakes and, more importantly, learn from them. Often, what you see as a mistake might look more like an opportunity to your kids. 

5. Appreciate the Little Things

As an adult, many of life’s little moments are lost amidst the busyness of life. However, it’s a collection of these moments that makes our lives worth living. They take you from surviving to thriving in a heartbeat, and the same is true for your kids. Learning to notice and appreciate the little things can improve their heart health, strengthen the immune system and ultimately lead to a longer, happier life. 

Instead of losing yourselves in the monotony of life and mindlessly moving about your day, look for a reason to smile. Better yet, cultivate good vibes by finding opportunities to enjoy nature, a few minutes of quiet and the company of others. Teach your little one how to garden, have a picnic with friends or lay down and gaze up at the stars for a bit. As your kids grow, they’ll continue to look for opportunities to relax, take a deep breath and practice gratitude, too. 

Giving Kids Space to Grow

In order for your kids to truly thrive, you must step back and give them space to grow. As terrifying as it might be, you must allow them to make their own mistakes, solve problems independently and experience their emotions fully. Be a listening ear and a shoulder to cry on instead of a blind savior that swoops in at the first sign of trouble. 

As your children grow, they’ll appreciate this space and learn to self-soothe and become a happy, healthy confident adult. What more could you hope for as a parent? 

About Author

LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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Thomas
Thomas
1 year ago

I think it’s very important for parents to teach the child to rise from failure – because there will be many of them on the road to success. It’s disheartening to see the youth today being so afraid of failures, and if they become the leaders, god bless us. I am not against minimizing the risk, but if the word “risk” makes you sweat, then you’re in trouble. Don’t get me wrong – I go for safer options myself – I bought Dissertation Writing Service London, not because I was afraid of failure but only because I thought the risk was not worth it. You see – the approach makes all the difference, and you need to approach life without the fear of failure!

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1 year ago

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1 year ago

Nice article and tips. thank you for sharing. education begins with the work of parents on themselves. I want to add that the main thing that you should understand at this moment for yourself: children are not your property, which you raise only so that they take care of you in old age. A child is a person whom you, like no one else, knowing all its features, should help to take place. By itself, he will not grow up – especially if you treat a growing person like some mothers, in animal fear for children, trying to protect them from possible troubles, following their children on their heels, tracking and evaluating their every act, preventing all desires , cutting off contacts that seem to them to be wrong … They simply take the life of their children upon themselves. All this completely suppresses the development of the child’s independence, turning him into a neurotic, who will not be able to study without a mother and has big problems in communicating with peers. I gathered this information from Twitter posts in which experienced psychologists share their experiences. I found there a couple of hundred posts on this topic and almost always they were published by accounts that have more than 22 thousand subscribers! I am sure this is because the authors of such accounts buy twitter followers to quickly increase their number.

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