School Age

5 Values Your Children Should Have By Age 5

Most parent believe their children are not old enough to know some things, but the earlier you put some thoughts, ideas and values in your kids, the better for you, your child and the world at large. By the time your kids are age 5, they should have these important values instilled in them, and if your child is already over 5 years of age, it’s still not too late. The reason why most parents have problems with their kids is because they wait until it’s too late before teaching their kids values which will make them into men and women enviable character.

Here are some of the values you should instill in your child;

1. Honesty

Never condone dishonesty, make sure your child tells the truth even from an early stage,  live by example and frown at every little act of dishonesty. When you are honest, they will follow your path. Encourage them to be honest with their friends, and when your kids lie, try to make them say the truth instead of punishing or raising your voice to them.

2. Justice

By age 5 your kids already know what’s right and wrong, but they also need to know what to do when a wrong is done them. And when they do something that is wrong, they should understand that it merits punishment and when they see their mate being bullied at school, they should offer to help. Putting a sense of fairness in your kids will ensure they treat people right.

3. Determination

Young children easily give up after a few trials, simply refraining from praising your child too much will help them become more determined to do more and achieve more. If your child does the things that they should normally do like brushing their teeth, wearing their clothes, these are normal things they should do, so it doesn’t deserve praise. When you only praise your kid when they deserve it, your kids will keep wanting to do things that’ll impress you enough to praise them. Help your children develop determination by encouraging  them to do things that don’t come easily-and to praise them for their initiative.

4. Consideration

Teach your child to be considerate, by making them pity with you in a situation, to do this, empathise with your child and use lessons they can easily understand to teach them. If your child is able to see that words or actions can work to make someone feel better, they’re already learning the value of consideration. Teach them to be kind to others as this will make them feel better.


5. Love

Your child loves you, and your husband but that doesn’t mean they know the value of love. Children love fiercely and affectionately, but if you want your kid to keep displaying and valuing love in years to come, you need to teach them to always work to reciprocate generous acts of love to the people around them.

The best way to teach your kids all these values is to live by example. Kids learn better by looking at what is happening around them, show your little ones love and consideration and they’d do the same.

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These Are The Reasons You Should Let Your Kids Play

Have you noticed that babies have no worries in the world; all they do is to play, eat and sleep. I am sure you envy your baby but do not worry you have had your own turn, let him have his too!

You may wonder what is special about playing but it is more than that. It is essential that babies be allowed to play because playing itself is beyond playing. Playing involves skill building, problem solving, relationship management, surmounting physical and mental challenge. It helps in physical, emotional, mental and social development.

Play helps to build the imagination of your child: Kids at about the age of two can act out different roles. They can pretend to be a soldier, teacher or mummy and even turn his potty into a cap, pots into drums, spoon into drumsticks. You can try out using household items to create a playful scene while your child plays a different role. When you allow your child to lead in playing, you are able to discern his level of understanding on what stands out for him in your day-to-day interaction.

Play builds your child’s social skill: When kids start playing, they play individually as they grow; they begin to interact with others while playing. They learn how to share, take turns, cooperate and negotiate as they interact with their friends at school.  You can help your child interact more with other kids at the park, church, mosques by setting up playtime with other families.

Play helps your child develop physically: When your child plays with toys, blocks and participate in sporting activities, he develops his strength, sense of coordination (eye and hand) and balance. All this can be displayed in the process of running, pedalling his bicycle, arrange blocks to form a shape.

Play shows behavioural challenges that your child is experiencing: When your child plays especially at home, some of the actions your child does gives you a glimpse of the behavioural challenges your child may be going through and the opportunity to correct it through play. If your child models a bad action, playfully model the good action

Other nonphysical benefits of play include reduction of stress, crankiness. When your child plays, he has little or no tendency to be grumpy, tense. Physical plays also help to ward off obesity.

During play give your child free reins to determine how things will play out and follow his lead while being mindful of safety. Playing along with your kids help to build their self-esteem that you find what they do interesting and worth engaging.

With all these numerous benefits, I know you would encourage your kids to play more but you can support play by being involved in the play with your kids rather than watching television. You can play hide-and-seek, dance to music indoors and play ball or ride a bicycle together

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