Today, November 20 is the Universal’s Children’s Day established by UN.
25 years ago, the world made a promise to children that we would do everything in our power to protect and promote their rights to survive and thrive, to learn and grow, to make their voices heard and to reach their full potential. But we should ask ourselves “Is the world honoring these promises?”
Lipa, parents and teachers can make a difference. If we start and continue raising happy, healthy and educated children, we can make a good example to others and motivate them to do the same. The chain of reactions can start right now by these 5 steps:
1. Unconditional love
We all know it’s easier to let our frustration, exhaustion, or negativity show in our behaviors rather than suppress them—especially in front of our kids.
But it’s important to remember that actions speak louder than words.
Raising a child who knows without a doubt of their place in your heart is essential for emotional growth. Generous amounts of affection and quality time spent together with your child are what count the most. Whether genuine or forced, our smiles light their hearts, and our constant support helps them become strong and confident people. When they feel down, we encourage them and motivate them to see the glass half full. When they are mischievous, steer their energy toward the right activities that interest them and make them feel proud of themselves.
2. Enter their world through play
It’s a recognized fact: a child engaging in play is a child who is learning about themselves and their world. Play not only helps improve your child’s social and emotional development, but it spurs them to consider their world with the eyes of an explorer. Asking questions, general curiosity, and enthusiasm should always be encouraged—no matter if you’re sitting with your child in a stark waiting room or an interactive exhibit at your local science museum.
But these positive qualities shouldn’t be limited to just your children: join them in their fascination! They mirror us more than we know, and if we join in their play, even just as a facilitator, our children will never associate play with mindless distraction. Learning is exciting! If you need help with some fun family games, we have a few you can choose: Family indoor games, Playing with a teddy, Playing with loose parts, Follow the leader and simple day-to-day activities which can be shaped into a play.
3. Unlock their creativity
Creativity is a priceless way of letting your child express himself or herself.
While creativity can help develop skills in art, music, and many other artistic subjects, it can be directed to achieving goals. Creativity can be found in every aspect of life—it’s about thinking outside the box, thinking critically and in new ways. It’s about finding solutions to difficult problems, a skill imperative to your child’s development.
Creativity is the ability to challenge, question and explore. It involves taking risks, playing with ideas, keeping an open mind and making connections where none are obvious.
Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood
Lipa provides many interesting ideas how to boost your child’s creativity! Our most successful game for boosting creativity is Lipa Eggs, which helps your child explore and develop creative skills through fun, educational color mixing with the assistance of a little chirping bird.
There are also other ways to get creative with your child. Lipa suggests you play with a homemade dough or a homemade finger paint with which you can create variety of pictures, decorations and greeting cards, but don’t forget that creativity is not only a part of art. There are endless ways to be creative!
4. Foster healthy eating habits
Healthy habits are vital for your child, especially in this age of ever-increasing processed snacks and fast foods, which are often much easier to get ahold of than healthier alternatives. Fostering a strong sense of self-worth and self-preservation in your child from early age will bring life-long benefits. Teach them to understand how their bodies work and why it’s important to give it healthy fuel—you want them to care about their physical selves as much as their mental selves!
Luckily teaching your child to respect his or her body doesn’t have to be a droll task carried out with a chalkboard and biology textbook—Lipa invites you and your child to learn how to prepare colorful and flavorful salads that are both and healthy.
5. Instill tolerance and open-mindedness
Positive thinkers are individuals who practice empathy. Teaching your child to grow up being blind to irrelevant differences such as skin color, gender, religion, culture and nationality will help he or she relate more positively to their world. While your child should feel a strong sense of self-respect, he or she needs to respect others—they will often pick up these values by watching how you interact with other people. Nations are becoming more and more diverse with the help of quick travel and the internet, and your child will be surrounded by children with varying backgrounds; let them see how much they can learn about the world because of this!
Lipa recommends instilling a growth mind-set from an early age. Ability, success, intelligence, achievements should never cease to evolve, and we should make sure our children understand learning doesn’t end at any certain age.
Children of the world
We have a beautiful Pinterest board for you. Look at all these amazingly beautiful faces around the world and share them with your friends on this special day. Remember that love and support are the most important in your parenting lives. Be their valuable example and smile more. Your child will copy everything you do.