- Make a point of spending time in nature. All kids love nature and not only enjoy spending time in it, but they also learn a tremendous amount by being in nature. Involve your children in making a schedule that includes spending time in nature and in the outdoors. This could be as simple as your back yard, heading to the park, or as extensive as planning an all day hike, or week-long camping trip. Get creative and make it an adventure. Be sure to include planning and preparation of healthy snacks so you can teach self –reliance, proper planning and a host of other life-value skills. The best part to this one is that this usually does not cost a lot of money if any at all!
- If you have a family pet, involve your child in the care taking of that pet. Teach them care taking skills and the sense of responsibility that goes into nurturing and caring for animals. Involve them in routine visits to the Vet and be sure to make the visits as light and carefree as you can. Children learn from our actions and our way of being, not from our words. Teach them how to care for others on the planet, including our furry friends. Teach also to have fun in all of this and that routine things like check-ups and appointments can also be events in our lives that are opportunities for joy and laughter rather than mundane or scary.3. Look back at the past year and remember the things that brought both you and your family the most joy and the most happiness. What were the highlights? Was it the family vacation? The lazy Saturday mornings? Baking a cake together? Identify those things and plan MORE of them this year! Teach your children to do the things that bring them joy and to make time for them. This includes YOU. What brings you joy? Do more of it! We cannot teach what we do not know. Life is short. The happier and more joyful your frequency is, the happier and more joyful your children and your entire family will be.
4. Teach your kids to roll with the punches and that most of what we think matters in life, matters not. At our essence we are all just wanting to be loved, happy and healthy. We spend most of our lives searching for things outside of ourselves, when the answers we are seeking have been within all along. The greatest gift we can give our children is for them to know they are perfectly okay exactly as they are and that really everything is okay underneath it all and there is nothing we have to be, do or have. We just need to learn to live with passion, be free to be who we are, and the outcome will be magical. We will naturally gravitate to our calling and have lives that work by going with the flow of the universe rather than against it.
5. Teach your children that one of the most important things they can do for maintaining physical health is learn to live in Joy and also to boost their immune system. It is now being well documented that feelings of positivity and joy strengthen the body’s immune system. Teach your children also the power of eating foods that are dense in nutrients and teach them how to make food choices that are healthy and offer a variety of nutrients. Get them involved in choosing and preparing nutritious snacks and meals.
Teach them how to prevent illness and disease rather than teaching the common band aid approach of administering a pill to fix the problem. Let them learn to be empowered and to take charge of their health and their involvement in it.
6. Money is simply a tool in life. A necessary tool but a tool none the less. Teach them this. Teach them that it is a seed and can grow just like any seed. Teach them to manage money and to spend wisely. My daughter bought a $1 item from a machine and was very disappointed in the value she received. This was a perfect opportunity for me to explain to her that if she had kept that same dollar, it could have one day grown into $100 or even $1000 and she could have bought many more things. Or that she could later use that money to make more money, just like planting the seeds of fruits and vegetables. But the seed is spent and gone it can never grow into anything. This simple $1.00 story has truly impacted her thinking when she chooses to spend money
7. Most of all, make YOU a priority. Lead by example and show the way. Adopt an attitude that the world is a happy place and share this with your children. There is far too much fear and darkness. We need to be the beacons of light for our children. Laugh, love and lead by example. Show and share with them the beauty that is all around us and let your inner child be unleashed as well!
Maggie Holbik is a Life Purpose and Career Coach. She has an interest in the well -being of children and adults alike. Her passion is to help people to live authentic lives that are joyful and meaningful and that leave fear outside the doorstep.