As a parent, I only want the best things for my child. As such, I try to make him join activities here and there that would help develop his skills and boost his intelligence. Yet, I realized that there is more to it than just encouraging excellence in everything he does. I began to understand that, as parents, we should also think about the importance of our kids having a fun time with the kids at school or in the neighbourhood and how it would play an important role in their future success.
However, whether we like it or not, times are slowly changing. In fact, within the last decade, the rate of depression and youth suicides are steadily increasing. Perhaps this can be attributed to the fact that a growing number of kids are becoming glued to their gadgets all the time. They no longer engage themselves in active play, which is a crucial element in producing happy kids.
If you’re one of the parents who is experiencing this kind of predicament, then here are some useful tips on how to raise a happy kid in the computer age.
Remember to Establish a Strong Parent-Child Bond
Kids nowadays can easily meet all sorts of new people on the Internet. Through various social media, such as Instagram and Facebook, kids can connect with new friends and strengthen online relationships.
However, the most important bond that a child should nourish is the parent-child bond. The strong parent-child bond makes it possible for you to raise a happy kid. Ensure that you always have time for your child. No matter how busy you may get at times, you should still spare some time to be at home and have a fun time with the kids.
You should also be a responsible adult by being a good role model. Minimize your own screen time and simply be there to listen to your child without any kind of distraction. Of course, you can also enjoy media together, but you should put limitations in place so as to ensure that it won’t get in the way of your parent-child bonding.
Make Your Child Understand the Importance of Self-Worth
They say that a child who has a strong sense of self-worth is more likely to succeed in life and grow up to become a happy adult. In order to facilitate your child’s attempt at building self-confidence and understanding his or her self-worth, you should encourage hobbies and interests that can make your child get a sense of accomplishment.
With the rising popularity of social media platforms, you can’t stop your child from signing up and having a fun time with the kids on these platforms. Your child might like and follow various things on social media, but if he or she is confident and has a strong sense of self-worth, then there isn’t anything that can intimidate or upset him or her.
Enjoy the Outdoors Together with Your Child
Experts say that being outdoors or in nature can significantly boost a person’s well-being. Step away from everything that is tech-related and just bask in the beauty of nature. Not only will you be able to enjoy the view, but you will also have a fun time with the kids.
On the other hand, if you really don’t have the time to go backpacking, you can just go for a nice walk around the neighborhood. To make it more interesting, you can even let your child invite other kids from the neighborhood to come along. As they say, the more the merrier!
While it is true that technology can distract kids from having a fun time with the kids close to them, technology can also bring people together. You don't have to do anything harsh like taking away their gadgets. It could be accomplished if we just find the perfect balance between screen-based activities and other fun activities that they will enjoy.