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Raising Children: Things Kids Want from Their Parents

What do kids want from their parents? a good goodnight, affection, private time, conversations before bedtime, time to play outside, watching their favorite show,  discipline when necessary, leaving special notes, guidance, approval

Things Kids Want from Their Parents

Although they could seem like it, kids are not too complicated. In their first years, there are some few things that they may ask of us; however, the things they ask for are essential in helping them grow up to be kind, respectful additions to the society.

As parents, there are 15 main things that youngsters want from you as much as possible. If you do your best to provide these things to the best of your ability, the future of your child is going to be brighter than ever.

(1) Top 15 things kids want from their parents

(a) A Good goodnight

Going to bed is much better if parents are going to spend some quality time together with their kids. Take some time out of your day to tuck them in, sing them a song, or read them a bedtime story.

If you do not have any books, you might possibly make up a story yourself, or tell them about your childhood. Kids are very receptive to parents who make use of their imaginations, too!

(b) Affection

Showing love and affection is one of the essential experiences that youngsters have as they grow up. Parents should always remember to give lots of praise, cuddles, and affection, even after a long day.

Even a friendly one-on-one conversation can be a tremendous help to a child who wants to be heard. Share some time with your kids asking them about their day and what they enjoyed most.

(c) Private time

Having a good connection with your kids means giving them as much as possible of your full and undivided attention. Kids will benefit from feeling as valued as their time, especially if it is planned out and not rushed. 

With more than one child, giving every one their due time with you is an important matter. When things are busy and loud, it is hard to connect, so allow them to choose a place and activity that you simply can enjoy together.

(d) Positive food advocates

Lots of children are picky, but that is not reason to throw in the towel and serve up pizza every night. Children need to know that healthy foods can also be delicious and satisfying, and that starts at home in the kitchen. 

Work together on meals, or even help them to grow some vegetables in the garden. Children should learn early on that dessert is not the sole delicious meal, so that they are set up for success in the long-run.

(e) Plans to look forward to

Show your kids that you simply love hanging out with them, and give them fun things to look forward to with you. If they have been well-behaved, you would possibly plan fun events on the weekend, or surprise them with weekday activities.

Showing your kids that you are excited about quality time will make them feel good about themselves and their relationship with you.

(f) Conversations before bedtime

Bedtime means winding down, but this is often a great time to take advantage of beneficial conversations. Set aside time to speak about their day, their friends, or anything else they can think of before they go to sleep. Allow them to steer the conversation; kids like to feel listened to.

(g) Time to play outside

Studies showed just how beneficial and vital outdoor play for youngsters are often. Not only children, either; people of all ages enjoy from being outside! 

Encourage kids to stay off screens and televisions, and instead explore the world outside. Allow them to spend as much time as they want outdoors, either playing games, going for walks, or socializing with neighborhood kids.

What do kids want from their parents? a good goodnight, affection, private time, conversations before bedtime, time to play outside, watching their favorite show,  discipline when necessary, leaving special notes, guidance, approval

(h) Time to watch their favorite show

The only thing that is better than getting to watch their favorite show is watching with a loved one! While your child enjoys his/her most favorite shows, grab a blanket and settle in for a good cuddle. 

You can let that be a quiet time, or you can ask them questions to get them involved. 

(i) Discipline when necessary

When it comes to learning about appropriate behaviors and responses, children need guidance. Showing discipline may not be a favorite thing for a parent to try to do, but it does teach children that they are being invested in them and want the best for them. 

Children do find value in being disciplined, even though they will not show it. 

(j) Leave special notes

Surprises are always pleasant, even if it is a little message or present 'just because.' Consider putting notes in the lunch bag or backpack of your kid, especially if they are having a bit of a rough day. 

It is always lovely to have that little jolt of happiness when its unexpected.

(k) To be silly

Sometimes kids are looking for permission to be silly, but the best way to give them permission is for parents to be silly themselves! 

Playing dress-up and acting out stories together with your kids will help them to come out of their shell and work on their imagination. Kids are often wildly creative when they do not feel the need to hold back or act in a certain way. 

Surprise them with costumes, crafts, or a fight with a pillow! The options are endless.

(l) To be less stressed

Surprisingly, the youngsters are receptive and really observant. They will often notice when their parents are stressed or upset, and that will also take a toll on them. 

Many kids want to see their parents to be happy and relaxed, which in turn makes them feel more positive too. Whatever bothers you, try to keep things easy. 

Do not feel sad about ordering dinner if you are short for time. If the house is messy, then invite your children to assist you do things faster. Do not let anything take longer than it should; now work together, and after that play together. 

(m) Play dates

Adult time is fun, but having play dates with other parents can also be advantageous for everyone! Children can socialize together, or they can hang out with the adults and become comfortable with your friends.

(n) Guidance

Children do not have all the answers; actually, adults rarely have all of these answers either! In all sorts of cases, however, children will look to their parents for guidance. 

They may look to you once they meet a stranger, face a new experience, or are unsure the way to convey their feelings. If you have established a level of trust in your relationship, your child should feel safe enough to be set in the right direction by you. 

(o) Approval

Sometimes, parents do not realize it, but their kids always look to them for approval for all kinds of things. They want, more than anything, to make their parents proud! 

Keep an eye out for opportunities to champion them, even though it is the smallest achievement. Doing so can boost their self-confidence and their willingness to try new things. 

(2) Essential things to keep in mind

Parenting is tough and it is not always easy to cover all those issues every day. Nevertheless, keep in mind these 15 things kids want from their parents and practice them as often as you can. 

They will assist you to develop a strong relationship with your kids and motivate them to flourish into successful, young adults.

Elsayed Farouk

Arabic-Egyptian translator and blogger - I share my experience in a simple way that suits everyone..... (مترجم ومدون عربي مصري - أشارك خبرتي بأسلوب مبسط يناسب الجميع)
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