I’m the type of mom that Googles everything! I’m also the mom that always worries about if my daughter is knowing and doing everything she should be at her age. I still get the BabyCenter emails that tell me what milestones she should be reaching and what quirks to expect. I’m betting you’re a similar type of parent since you opened this post.
I’m here to share the three things I believe every child needs to know. And the best part is they don’t cost anything and you don’t need to Google to teach them!
- She/He Is Loved – This is the foundation that will help our littles be the amazing people we know they are destined to be. If a child knows that they are loved, and I mean truly unconditionally loved (as only a parent can love) then they will always have a safe space. They will always have one (or hopefully two) people that will always be in their corner. This sets them up to have confidence to take chances. Knowing someone will always love them is a gift that helps them be more confident. It is also an important lesson to teach when it comes to discipline. Regardless of your discipline style it is important that your child knows that he/she is loved even in the midst of bad behavior. If our littles know that they are loved at their worst then imagine what they can feel at their best!
- His/Her Body Is Her Own – Too often we tell our children to hug and kiss friends and family. Now don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with hugging and kissing family if your child is comfortable with that type of greeting. Now, if your child isn’t then your child should not be forced to hug or kiss the person. In a lot of families the child might be considered rude but there is nothing rude about choosing who can touch you. When you think of how many children are abused by people then you realize that it is critical to teach children to have independence over their bodies.
- You’re Not Perfect – Let’s face it we as parents make LOTS of mistakes (or is that just me?) Seriously though one of the best gifts a parent can give to their little is an apology. If we mess up we need to admit it and apologize. It teaches our children that being wrong doesn’t make you any less of a superstar. It also reinforces love. Our children don’t love us any less when we are wrong so it is great way to really show them that we won’t love them any less either. Us not being perfect grants our children the knowledge that they don’t have to be perfect either.
What are other things you think littles should know?