By PREMA JAYABALAN
Parents always look for only the best for their children. They want their offspring to have good characteristics and values. Positive behaviour ensures a fulfilling life.
As the first step towards moulding one’s character begins at home, it is crucial for parents to instill good values into their children through proper influence.
Influencing good behaviour in children is not a difficult task at all. It just requires simple methods such as these:-
Walk the talk
Be an example to your child. Display all the positive values and behaviour that you would like for your child to have by practising it. When your child sees you behaving in a positive manner, he/she will automatically pick it up. Never forgetting your please and thank you’s, and always staying calm while interacting with others will eventually influence your child’s behaviour.
Keep to your promises
Don’t promise your child things that you can’t carry out. For example, if you promise your kid to take him/her for a day out on a particular day, make sure you adhere to it. Your child will appreciate your ability to keep to your word and this will influence him/her to keep to his/her word and be a trustworthy individual.
According to a study by the University of Michigan, children who often watch media that exhibit good values will be influenced by these messages. Always monitor what your child is watching as it plays a big part in shaping your child’s character.
Curiosity is good
If your child is one that asks a lot of questions, never discourage him or her. Instead, answer the questions. If it’s something that you don’t know the answer to, make it a point to look it up with your child. This will encourage an eagerness to learn and the ability to use resources well. In this era, this is a valuable skill which will take your child far in life.