Step 6 of 10 Steps that Help Prepare your Children for Success – Step Six is Setting a Good Example

Posted: March 10, 2015 in Uncategorized
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If you would like more info on how you can help your child develop positively and thrive, contact the Boca Raton Karate & Kickboxing Academy @ 561-926-1846 or www.brkka.com.

Parents have a huge responsibility to bring their children up to be healthy, productive and independent adults. We have to guide our children, tell them difference between right and wrong, encourage them to believe in themselves, explain our expectations and why they are so important.  But the one essential element in leading your child down a  positive path is to walk down that path yourself….. setting a good example.Family Playing Game Together At Home

Kids learn by watching the adults in their lives.  When we as parents are doing the right thing, we are naturally passing along that information without saying a word.  Here are a few suggestions to help lead by example….

– Be present when you are with your children.  Today we are bombarded by technology that can distract us.  Cell phone, computers, video games – they all take our attention away from our kids or other important people in our lives.  Put them down during dinner and family time.  Show your kids that people, family and relationships are more important than gadgets.

–  Spend your free time on a variety of healthy activities.  TV is fine in limited quantity, but also diversify activities with reading, hobbies, outdoor fun, etc.  Time is valuable and you should enhance your life as much as possible.

–  Show kids how to live a healthy life.  Eat well – limit your indulgences of junk food and introduce a variety of vegetables and fruit into your family diet.  Spend time exercising each day and being active.  If they grow up doing this, it will naturally be a part of them.

–  Mean what you say and say what you mean.  Don’t make false promises or threats.  Teaching kids that being honest to your word – living with integrity – is a key element to their future successes and relationships.  Follow through with actions every time.

–  Don’t get caught up in “things”.  Happiness cannot be bought in a department store or acquired through designer labels.  True happiness comes from within – from sharing our lives with loved ones.

–  Treat others as we want to be treated.  Watch your words and attitudes.  Whether it’s other family members, friends, co-workers or complete strangers, use kindness to handle situations that arise.  Remember, kids are always watching and they hear what you are saying about others even if the subject of your comment is not present.

Striving to raise healthy, happy kids makes us better parents and better people overall.  It’s a win/win for everyone!

If you would like more info on how you can help your child develop positively and thrive, contact the Boca Raton Karate & Kickboxing Academy @ 561-926-1846 or www.brkka.com.

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