How to inculcate a particular habit in your child
Our enthusiastic parent partner shares her amazing thoughts on ‘How to on inculcate a particular habit in your child’.
Parenting according to her is one of the most beautiful skills which can be mastered if handled tactfully.
Having discipline and inculcating good habits at an early age plays a crucial role in the character and personality building of the child. Setting a routine for a child is the best way to nurture discipline and inculcate good habits. Therefore having a set routine for the day helps the child to adapt to their daily chores easily and inculcate a habit. This makes it easier for the parents as well to handle children and also saves their time. Having a set routine for her daughter was one of her new year resolutions of 2020. She made many changes in her routine and in her way of living which she would love to share with all the parents through this blog.
Deciding bedtime and wake-up time routine-
This is the most important point to be taken into consideration. When children’s bedtime routine is followed properly only then it will be possible to set a proper routine. Eg. My daughter goes to bed at 10pm and wakes up at 8.30 am. The routine is set for her accordingly
Planning meals in advance-
Decide weekly meals for children in advance. It actually saves a lot of time. When we plan meals in advance the options that we choose are also healthier and a variety of new nutritious and tasty dishes are added to the planner. Children do not get bored. I personally plan my meals every week. I see to it that all essential nutrients are consumed through the meals.
Setting a routine for particular tasks-
When you set a routine for some specific tasks to be done daily at a particular time, children tend to develop this as a habit. This will make them consistent. Eg. When my daughter comes home from school she takes a shower. Then we say our prayers. Then we have a 20 minute TV time followed by evening snacks. Before going to bed I read 2 paragraphs from dnyaneshwari every day.
Setting rules to have discipline-
Set some rules by which the child should abide. This teaches them discipline. Eg. We have set some rules like; before playing the next activity the previous toy/ activity should go in its place, brushing twice daily, bed should be clean, etc.
Deciding and planning all of the above points seem easier than actually implementing. Implementation becomes easy when the children cooperate and participate positively. This can be done through praising and appreciating the children through various ways, like applaud, a pat on the back, cooking their favorite food items ,etc. Eg. I have made a star chair for my daughter. When she follows the routine aptly we make her sit on the star chair and she gets a standing ovation from the whole family.
The child will be interested in routine for a long time only if there is enough participation and involvement of the child while performing the tasks. Children are curious and ready to explore and learn new things for Eg. I taught Shuddha the way the clock works . I also taught the way the television is switched on and off .I involve her in fireless cooking during the snack time. We invent many activities and games together during our play time. This removes the monotonous part of following the ‘Routine.’
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