When it comes to raising children, there are many things that need to be taken care of for your child to have the best life possible, the life you never had. We all want this for our children, but it can be a scary prospect when it comes down to it. What, exactly, will give them the life they deserve, after all? I don’t know, myself, but I know some of what it takes to do better for my kids than my parents could do for me, so here are a few parenting pointers.
The big thing that matters most during a child’s formative years is to make them feel like they can like, do, and be whatever they want. So, you need to work toward fostering your child’s interests when they emerge. So, if you child, for instance, likes sports, encourage them play. You can even invest in some gear from Orvis for them to practice for their school team, or you could simply play with them at home. If you child is a reader, make some recommendations based on what you read when you were their age. If your kid plays video games, play their favorites with them. Whatever you child is into, ask them what they like about and, in general, encourage them to share their interests with you. This goes a long way toward developing lasting interests and hobbies that will influence them and shape them as they grow. These interests could even manifest in a career someday, but only if the confidence to pursue their dreams is given to them by their parents. I know I wished my parents engaged me more when it came to my interests. Now, I find myself full of directionless ambition, and it could have been so different with a more hands on approach to parenting.