Fun, challenging, hectic, and rewarding. Raising children is all of these and more. I asked my Mom for some advice about raising children and she gave some good advice I’d like to share with everyone. I know the last thing parents usually want is advice from other people or parents telling them how to raise their kids. However, you can read what she said and decide for yourself if you want to apply it or not. Some of the things she speaks of do not apply to everyone, but I believe the overall message does. Below you will find what advice she shared and some idea on how you can make raising your children more fun and awesome!
My Mom writes:
“In the 80’s and 90’s, when I was raising my three boys, parents were busy just like today. Children get involved in a lot of activities such as soccer, gymnastics, karate, scouts, and church. With parents sometimes both working or working two jobs we felt like we could not possibly fit anything else in our schedule. However, with all of that going on we need to remember to try and spend as much time as possible with our children. Some things we tried to do as a family was eat meals together in the same place and not in front of the T.V. Sit and actually interact with your children. Listen to them. They are smarter than we think. Ask about their day, school, teachers, and friends. Go for walks, throw a ball, and generally just be there for them. Spend as much time as possible with them. I know at times it can be difficult but genuinely make an effort. Before you know it they will be off to college. They won’t remember so much the material things they had but will remember the memories that they made. Bike rides, picnics, camping, or whatever else your family enjoys will provide memories they can cherish and share with their own children someday. Another good way to spend time with your children is reading to them. You don’t have to wait for bedtime to read them a story. Anytime is a good time to read. They absorb so much when they are young and as they get older there are many adventures to be had by reading. When you read to them, or they read to you, ultimately reading is learning and isn’t that what we want for our kids, to learn and prosper?”
I admit that sometimes it is hard to spend as much time as I want with my kids. Work, them going to school, after-school activities, and daily life sometimes gets in the way. The only thing we can do is try our best and do what works for your own family.