As a parent, you want the best for your children. You keep them safe, choose the best schools and cross your fingers they turn out to be amazing adults. What you do not want is a Stepford child who mimics all the other kids or even you or your partner. What you want a smart, caring, genuine and productive individuals who can think for themselves. This has a whole lot to do with how you parent your children. Here are just a few suggestions to help you raise that unique person:
- Be A role Model: Your kids take a lot of cues from you, so you should act appropriately to get the results you want.
- Give Them Choices: You do not need to make this a big deal, but even small choices are important. Let them choose their school outfit or their lunch can mold them into individuals.
- Let Them Own Their Choices: When you offer your kids a choice, do not go back and criticize it. If you would prefer they wear one outfit and they chose another, you need to let them own it, even if it is unmatched!
- Focus On The Behavior: When you are disciplining our child, focus in the poor choice or behavior and not the child.
Raising a child to be an individual takes a bit of work, but it certainly not impossible. Take the character from the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which you can see on Netflix. The three main characters have something in common: resilience, which children are so great at. When your child falls, do not be so quick to catch them. Wait to see if they pick themselves up first. You may be surprised! Despite their circumstances, Kimmy, Tituss and “Jaqueline” were all able to make the best of their circumstances and bounce back from adversity. This is a very important trait when you want to encourage kids to be themselves.
Movies and TV can show kids that just because you may be quiet and shy today, that doesn’t mean you can’t be Superman tomorrow. The list of titles on Netflix this month can help kids see a new side of themselves, even if it’s not permanent. As Kimmy says, you can do anything for 10 seconds! You can stream Netflix on a variety of devices other than your television. Many families in the U.S. already have three or more Netflix-ready devices in their household. Netflix works on a wide range of devices including smartphones, tablets, laptops, Smart TVs, Sony PlayStation, Microsoft Xbox and Nintendo Wii.