Before this post even begins, it is important to say that parents should always be a role model for their children. You can only teach your kids so much but you have to set an example. There are many things you can start teaching your child, but most of the time, you are unconsciously teaching them as they imitate what you do. You can always tell your child that curse words are bad but if you curse, then they will learn how to course. You can tell your child that wasting food is a bad thing but if you don’t finish your own food, they will not believe you. Tell your child that fighting is wrong but if you fight with your husband or wife, then fighting will look okay to your child.
With all those being said, a small child can indeed be taught so many things. As a parent, the things you need to teach will probably come naturally and you probably already know most of them. However, if you feel like your child is too young, and by small child we mean 2 to 4 years old or a bit older, it is best to believe that he or she is not. Try him. Start early. Kids these days are smart and they will be able to absorb what you’re teaching them. If you start them young, the things you teach them becomes second to nature to them and they’ll bring this with them until they grow up. Here are some examples you can check out.
1. Good manners.
Good manners will always be number 1. You can expect the school teacher to teach your child how to count, say the ABC’s, write, etc. but good manners start at home.
2. Always listen to Mom and Dad.
Mom is the boss. Dad is the boss. Mom and Dad will not do anything that’s not good for you. These are things you should tell your child. Never allow your child to talk back. Though it’s good to be open and to listen to your child when he has something to say and you have to encourage too, ultimately, Mom and Dad have the last say.
3. Being a crybaby is not a good thing.
It’s okay to cry but it’s not okay to be a crybaby.
4. There’s no use in crying over spilled milk.
What’s done is done. No need to cry if there’s nothing you can do about it anymore.
5. Do not waste water.
Turn off the kitchen faucet when you’re not using it. There are also watersaving faucets or motion faucets as we found at Faucet Assistant, which can save you water as well. Don’t take forever under the shower. Use a cup or glass when brushing your teeth.
6. Do not waste power.
Same as water, don’t waste electricity. The TV should be turned off when not in use. Stay in one room if you need air-conditioning or heating.
7. Clean up your own mess.
Clean as you go. Teach your child how to clean up after his own mess.
8. Small and easy chores.
Small and easy chores such as setting the table or keeping his play area clean can be done by a small child.
9. Baby talking is not okay.
Even if your child is still a toddler, talk to him or her straight. Don’t baby talk to him because he will imitate that.
10. Always be kind.
The most important thing of all, teach your child to be kind. If your child is kind, everything else falls into place.