Have you noticed how hard it is to keep up with what kids want when the newest toys, gadgets or treat is plastered all over the TV? We all want to give our kids wonderful things while at the same time ensuring their emotional and physical needs are met first.
How To Manage What Kids Want While Giving What They Need
Parenting is never easy. You have a child and there are seasons where things are hard, harder, and unbearable, but there’s also an amazing amount of joy in the process. More often than not, people wouldn’t take back having children, even when things don’t go exactly as planned. Everybody goes through a major learning curve, and that curve is never-ending. You think you’ve figured out parenting until you pop out another child and the rules of the game you thought you knew so well no longer apply.
How do you know you’re doing things right? Well, you will have to learn to forgive yourself for mistakes that you make, but in regards to doing what’s best for your children and allowing them to have what they want to a certain measure at the same time, here are couple ways we can focus on the important things for us while still giving them balance and choice.
Research Quality Nutrition
Sometimes you will end up going through the McDonald’s drive-through, but if you want what’s best for your kiddos and you’re tired of hearing them ask for fast food and sugar every second of the day, it’s on you to figure out alternatives for your children that they’re going to love, but that are also healthy.
For starters, you can choose to feed them the right kind of milk and the right kind of protein from early on in life. If your child grows up acquiring a taste for real foods instead of the processed and engineered foods that raise your children to be addicts, you’ll find that it’s not impossible to raise your children to be happy and healthy. This way we are addressing what kids want, delicious food, yet getting what we want in a healthy diet. If our children are raised on food that is on the healthier side they will tend to choose those options because it’s what they are used to and tastes good to them.
Let Them Choose Their Hobbies
Children do have a tendency to be fickle, and as a parent, you want to prepare them for life in every measure possible. Sometimes this means forcing them to do a sport, or practice the piano, or eat their green beans…however, in regards to hobbies, pay attention to what your child has an aptitude for and encourage them in that.
If you put them into a lesson or class and they don’t like it, let them choose if they want to continue to do it. You’ll have to teach discipline and the art of pushing through what they don’t like at some point. If you teach your child that they can choose what they want to do but they have to stick to it, you’ll teach them many valuable life lessons along the way. This teaches responsibility and at the same time what kids want is independence.
There is no formula for how to raise a child, but as long as you’re willing to learn and you know that you yourself are not perfect and you teach grace along the way, you and your family will be fine and set up for a future of success.
How do you find balance so your children or grandchildren have wonderful things without giving them too much? Do you find it harder to manage what kids want in this ever-changing world of material things?