How to ensure a prosperous future for your child
For any loving parent, nothing is more important than their own child. We try to give our child the best since childhood, and there is basically nothing wrong with that. It’s another thing that many parents spoil their children, or as they say in a well-known proverb, too good is too bad. So how can we not walk that fine line between what is good for the child and what is bad? In this article we will analyze the main tasks that parents have in raising their children.
For any loving parent, nothing is more important than their own child. We seek to provide our child with the best from childhood, and there is actually nothing wrong with that. Moreover, many parents spoil their children or, according to a well-known proverb, too good is too bad. So how not to cross this fine line between what is good for the child and what is bad? In this article, we will analyze the main difficulties that parents face in raising their children.
Task #1: Healthy food for the child.
We are going to talk about the sweets, sodas, chocolate, ice cream, cookies and others that we consume every day. Many of us have dreamed since childhood of being able to buy sweets, cakes, ice cream, cookies, chocolates, fruit juice for life when we grow up and earn our own money. So I wondered why adults don’t do it. Of course, as we grow older, we realize that excessive sugar consumption leads to many diseases, such as obesity, diabetes, blocked blood vessels, strokes, and even heart attacks. Naturally, no parent would wish their child such a future.
To avoid such harmful consequences and still ensure enough glucose for the growing organism of his child, one can use, instead of sweet carbonated drinks and purchased juices, sweet compotes of fresh fruits and dried fruits or weakly concentrated tea. Choose cookies made from oatmeal or buckwheat. Replace chocolate bars with dried fruits and nuts. Be sure to offer your child fermented milk products as well as fruits and vegetables in the summer.
Task #2 An active lifestyle for the child
A good diet is best when combined with an active lifestyle. First of all, in this case, your child will be constantly busy and will not have time for mischief. Second, by combining good nutrition with an active lifestyle, you are giving your child the foundation for good health and stamina.
In order for your child to have an active lifestyle, he does not need to be involved in dangerous or contact sports. Just teach him to ride a bike, rollerblade, roller skate or scooter. Although it is more effective to give a child sports lessons for physical, and sometimes even moral and spiritual development. For example, oriental martial arts classes for boys and girls are not only a source of physical education, but they also inculcate respect for elders, the notion of subordination, as well as a number of other principles that will be useful for the child in adulthood.
Task #3 The education of the child
The question of the approach to the upbringing of the child is particularly important for every parent. Between the ages of 9 and 18, a child is able to perceive 20% more information per day than an average 30-year-old adult. It is therefore necessary to make the most of this age in order to transmit useful information to the child and to develop his mental and creative abilities.
It may seem to many of you that your child is too tired at school, but is that really the case? On the other hand, has anyone ever done enough research on how mental restraint works in school-aged children? The answer to this question is yes.
In 1994, in the United States, Mike Feinberg and Dave Levine founded the KIPP school. KIPP stands for “Knowledge Is Power Program” and translates to “Knowledge Is Power Program”. There are currently over 50 such schools in the United States. These schools are mainly attended by children from poor families. It is surprising, however, that about 90% of KIPP graduates go on to graduate schools and 80% go on to colleges. Among all other features of these schools, it is worth highlighting their attitude to the duration of studies.
The founders have long recognized that children who are behind in their studies have a problem: they don’t learn enough. That’s why lessons at KIPP schools start at 7:25 a.m. Until 7:55 a.m. there is a mandatory thought development session. English and math lessons last 90 minutes a day, except in grade five, where two hours a day are devoted to math. One hour for science, one hour for social studies, one hour for music and in addition to the fifteen-minute session of orchestral playing, which is also compulsory for all students. The school day lasts from 7:25 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The founders have long noticed that children who are behind in their studies have a problem: they don’t learn enough. That’s why lessons at KIPP schools start at 7:25 a.m. Until 07:55 there is a mandatory thought development session. English and math lessons last 90 minutes a day, except in grade five, where two hours a day are devoted to math. One hour for science, one hour for social studies, one hour for music and in addition fifteen minutes of orchestral playing, which is also compulsory for all students. The school day lasts from 7:25 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Let us now examine our schools. Here, the school day starts at 8 a.m. or 8:30 a.m. depending on the Swiss cantons, and the last lesson ends no later than 4 p.m. What do we do with the rest of the free time for your child? It is for this purpose that the Junior Computer Academy was created, lessons start here at 9:00 a.m. and end at 12:00 p.m. in the morning, at 4:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. in the evening, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Children learn basic programming, photography, graphics, robotics and much more. Our students often tell us that they enjoy studying with us more than at school. Taking the example of KIPP schools, we have seen that a longer curriculum during the day does indeed improve children’s overall performance in key school subjects, and that the learning process can be carried out easily and without constraint. Children usually ask their parents to take them to the Academy as soon as possible.
Task #4 Prepare the child for adult life.
The process of preparing a child for adult life can only go smoothly with the right approach. The preparation of the child must take place from an early age. Then, if extended over time, it will run more smoothly than trying to force a grown-up child to make autonomous decisions and take responsibility for them.
How to achieve it?
It is best to start by telling instructive stories from one’s own life and reading fairy tales from the age of 3-5. Through fairy tales and your stories, your child will be able to accumulate, in a form that is accessible to him, his knowledge of the life situations he is called upon to encounter as an adult.
When the child reaches the age of 5, if the parents have hobbies, such as fishing, hiking, football, crafts or philately, then it is time to start accustoming their child to your passion. It may not be this hobby that he will adopt, but a child from an early age will realize that in life, you have to find time for what he likes.
After 8-9 years, you can gradually accustom your child to socially useful work and earning money. For example, you can feed homeless animals, bake and sell cookies, prepare and sell ice cream, distribute newspapers and flyers. The main thing is that the child understands how to make money and gets acquainted with the role of the seller, and not the buyer, and gets very valuable life experience.
At a later age, it should be remembered that a child’s life is not entirely financed by his own money. After all, as an adult, no one will just offer you their money. For this, the customer must feel the benefits. In this case, the best solution is to explain and tell your child how to earn money to support themselves.