Advice: Parents, take hold of children’s attention

Every generation faces modernity and deals with different issues that change how we raise children. Parents from previous generations did not have to compete with a digital world for their children’s attention.

They didn’t have to worry about outside influences coming into their child’s home until their child was older.

The digital world influence has changed how children are raised, and not for the better. Some parents might not even be aware of what their child is exposed to.

Being exposed to things before a young mind is ready can be damaging. Parents must be diligent when it comes to protecting their children.

If you want your children to value kindness, respect and responsibility, and mold humans that will make a difference in the world, you have to expose them to people and activities that are an example of these qualities.

Raising children is like anything else you want to be good at. It takes commitment, time and patience.

The time and care you give your children will determine the foundation they will have when they get older.

Make family time your priority because if you don’t, your children will be looking for approval and attention from somewhere else and it may not be what is best for them.

Find age appropriate ways to discuss the values that are important to you. Don’t assume your children will just pick up on the things that you want them to learn.

Discuss these issues during dinner or while watching a television show that demonstrates the opposite of what you believe.

Explain why you feel the way you do. It’s important that during these discussions you ask your children what they think and that you actively listen to their response.

Parenting is about using teachable moments and sharing your values a little drop at a time. It takes years of consistent nurturing of these lessons for a child to understand them.

Maria Luisa Salcines is a freelance writer, and certified parent coach with The International Network for Children and Families in Redirecting Children’s Behavior and Redirecting for a Cooperative Classroom. Follow her on Twitter @PowerOfFamily, Instagram mlsalcinespoweroffamily or contact her on her blog FamilyLifeAndFindingHappy.com.