5 Essential habits we all must teach our kids!!

The biggest challenge a parent faces is to raise independent & compassionate children. Especially in today’s age, it is difficult to get kids to do things just because parents are saying. Kids these days need reasons & motivation behind every action. Thus making sure that positive & constructive habits are built in kids early on is really essential for parents today.

Here are some habits that all kids must develop from an early childhood.

A Good Hygiene – A good hygiene is a must for everyone, old or young. But the younger we begin, the easier it is to imbibe it in our day to day habits. Kids should be talked about the importance of oral hygiene, physical hygiene & keeping our surroundings too clean to be able to maintain the hygiene. Of course teaching by action works best with kids thus we as parents need to make sure we brush in front of our kids every morning, bathe every day, wear clean clothes, pick up any bits of paper or garbage from around the house & keep it in a dustbin. Kids will see & kids will follow!

Healthy Eating Habits – Again, one more habit that sooner it starts, better it is for kids. With growing emphasis on self-feeding, kids are becoming more independent eaters. This has to be complemented with healthy eating as well. Eating at right time, the right kind of food, the right amount of everything – that’s something kids will just like other habits learn by watching. Thus parents need to be role model in this case too.

Being Respectful & considerate – How kids treat people coming from different social & economic background will define what kind of human they become once they grow up. Thus teaching them to respect each individual with respect is a must for parents. People with physical or mental disabilities, beggars & street dwellers, waiters, shopkeepers, maids & drivers – we need to help our kids develop a habit of treating everyone with compassion & respect.

A Balance between learning & fun – I as a parent find it disturbing when I see few parents over emphasizing on academics & rote learning forgetting that kids too just like grownups need to have a school – life balance. Kids should be encouraged to go outdoors to play, peruse a hobby or sport (not by force, but by choice) If we want them to grow up to be employees & family people who have a work-life balance, the habit needs to start early.

Being Independent – Kids should be in a regular habit of doing their small chores on their own. Work like keeping their clothes, socks, shoes etc in place, keeping their plates back in kitchen basin, helping the mother or house help with organizing their toys & clothes, making their own bed, helping with packing their tiffin etc. We all expect the dads to be hands-on in helping the wives in household work – the habit has to begin early.

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15 Responses

  1. Blogaberry Foo says:

    This is good. I think these are the basics that need to be taught without thinking too much about it. Good information.

  2. alpanadeo says:

    Yes..for all the points. Along with good food habits, hygiene. We need to teach our kids about being independent and being considered, compassionate towards others.

  3. Completely agree with you that kids should be taught good habits and values which can make them responsible citizens.

  4. Ruchie says:

    Trust me all these habits are so important for every kid to learn and I feel it’s important for parents to teach them!!

  5. TripleAmommy says:

    Good points. Most important of these is independence. An independent child is a future ready child.

  6. simi sp says:

    Marked all your points thy are so informative tysm for sharing this wonderful post.

  7. I agree to all points. I am trying to make my kids to learn these habits .it is very essential for better life.

  8. That is a well-curated list. I agree with each one of your points.

  9. Roma says:

    You know buddy thank you for the reminder we moms often need to be reminded of these

  10. Jhilmil says:

    Absolutely it is very important for us to teach these things, right from hygiene to being independent!

  11. Tina Basu says:

    making kids self sufficient is very important. You never know which situation they will find themselves in.

  12. Varsh says:

    Agree with all points. For complete personality development we must inculcate good manners, healthy eating habits and compassionate behaviour in our kids from a young age.

  13. Deepika says:

    Totally agree with the pointers. Kids should learn about hygiene, healthy eating habits and being respectful to others. Well written.

  14. Bushra says:

    That’s helpful approach towards helping kids in developing healthy lifestyle habits. Personal hygiene and healthy eating is much needed in growing years

  15. jhilmildsaha says:

    This is such a wonderful guide for parents. I see a lot of parents who just do everything for the kids without teaching them to do by themselves or even explaining why to do it.

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