Sunday, December 23, 2018

Nurture our children's minds during school holidays

THE holiday season is on and schoolchildren jump for joy as they look forward to spending time on their hobbies and holiday plans. This may be a happy time of the year, but it is also a risky one as children may squander time and money while engaging in unhealthy activities, especially when they are left unsupervised.

Some children feel that school holidays are the perfect time for them to do whatever they want.

It is a great challenge for parents to ensure that their children do not engage in inappropriate and immoral activities. Parents need to correct their children’s mindset that something interesting is not always right, while something good is not always boring.

When it comes to making a move to ameliorate a situation, it is now or never, as there will come a time when it will be too difficult for rebellious and disobedient children to ditch bad habits like smoking, vaping, loitering or watching pornography.

Parents need to set strict, yet smart, house rules that include dos and don’ts. When children are trained to wake up and go to bed early, make their bed, and keep their bedroom clean, they grow up into organised, disciplined and responsible adults.

This will make it easier for them to manage time, finance and stress .

Unhealthy activities like staying up all night playing video games, watching television, and sharing and checking updates on social media should be limited as this digital immersion and obsession encourages a sedentary lifestyle, affects social interaction skills and is bad for their body and brain.

The overuse of gadgets will neither help them forget problems nor relieve their stress.

Reading, cycling, fishing or having a picnic by the lake are therapeutic ways to spend time that will never go out of style. Books will expand knowledge and imagination while nature will clear minds and calm hearts.

Fulfilling and focusing on desires leads only to temporary satisfaction while prioritising needs leads to delayed gratification.

Help them choose wisely.