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5 Ways to positively shape your child

A recent rash of news stories highlights the positive in society’s youngest members: “Child Saves Kids from Bus Crash;” “Child Saves His Brother from Possible Abduction;” “Child Saves Family from House Fire.” But there are many other news stories that tell of young kids stealing cars, shooting classmates, and worse. Sisters Debbie Burns and Patty Cockrell are on a mission to help more kids grow up with a heart to love and help — not hurt — others. They are working on a children’s book series called Tukie Tales, designed to help parents teach young children important values. Here are five ways parents can positively shape their children.
A recent rash of news stories highlights the positive in society’s youngest members: “Child Saves Kids from Bus Crash;” “Child Saves His Brother from Possible Abduction;” “Child Saves Family from House Fire.” But there are many other news stories that tell of young kids stealing cars, shooting classmates, and worse. Sisters Debbie Burns and Patty Cockrell are on a mission to help more kids grow up with a heart to love and help — not hurt — others. They are working on a children’s book series called Tukie Tales, designed to help parents teach young children important values. Here are five ways parents can positively shape their children.

The younger the better

It’s never too late to impress on your child the importance of good values and doing the right thing. But don’t wait. Burns says, “The younger the child, the more impressionable they are.” Regardless of how overwhelmed you may feel with your own life, your child’s life is in your hands. Burns and Crockwell encourage parents to look beyond work, financial strain, and other stressors and focus on raising your kids up right.

5 Ways to build a better tomorrow for your children

Burns and Crockwell share the following five tips to help parents positively shape their children.

1. Promote a love for nature

Are your kids outdoors much? Parents who are busying shuttling their sons and daughters from one building to another may overlook the benefits of the great outdoors. Wilderness, however, has a therapeutic effect on indoor dwellers. Spending time in nature also helps children learn about their place in the world and the value of all the life that shares space with us.

2. Show the value of teamwork

Working together toward a common goal doesn’t always come naturally to children – or adults. Many youngsters learn teamwork through sports, which is good but almost always includes a competitive element. It’s important for children to experience the added benefits of creating, problem-solving and getting chores done as a team. Parents should look for opportunities to point out their children’s great teamwork.

3. Make sure they appreciate safety

No good parent wants to unnecessarily frighten their children, but carelessness leads to bad habits, injuries and opportunities for others to do them harm. The best medicine for any problem is prevention. Remember: Don’t take for granted that your young child knows what’s safe and what’s not. Some years ago, someone taught you that stoves can burn your hand – even though you can’t remember who or when it was.

4. Build their confidence with at least one skill

Remember what it’s like to be 4 years old? Very young children come into this world with no previous experience, which means their brains are hungry for know-how. Knowledge and skills to a child are like water for a thirsty man in the desert.

5. Kindness counts

It is one thing to teach kids the old idiom that one catches more flies with honey than with vinegar. But children should also know that people who make kindness a habit tend to be happier; there is an inherent joy in helping others.

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