6 top tips to help good habits STICK!
We’ve all been there: bored of the sound of our own voices telling the kids to do something for the millionth time. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be that way. It’s time to stop badgering the kids and check out our 6 top tips to help good habits STICK! From teeth-brushing with Habox to PE with Joe, some routines should just be part of their day. And the more built-in they become, the less times you’ll need to remind them!
Forming positive habits early on can bring a lot of benefits when they’re young and it’s a great way to help them build their social skills. Though they take time to develop, teaching your kids healthy habits early in life can give them confidence and a can-do attitude long into the future.
With the new school year starting, now’s a great time to start to encourage good habits and establish helpful routines.
Monkey see, monkey do
Don’t forget that your child is a sponge and will soak up absolutely everything you do. One of the best ways to instil a healthy back to school routine is by practicing your own regular routine. This includes things like trying not to get stressed out in the mornings, and always brushing teeth straight after breakfast. This is also important with attitudes to healthy eating. Try to model good habits and it will be easier for them to follow suit!
Bonding as a family is extremely important when it comes to reinforcing good habits and behaviours. If you incorporate family time with other habits such as exercise it can help your child to adopt these behaviours much faster and they will be more likely to stick with it. Try taking walks as a family, playing regular board games or all sitting down with your books together.
Set boundaries- together
Most children find some reassurance in routine. Talk to them about things they want to do and things they ought to do, and decide together when they’re going to happen. Try setting fixed hours for playtime, homework, screen time and allow a bit of flexibility too. Having a routine that everyone is happy with will make your child feel safe and relaxed.
Learning through play
It’s not always easy to form good habits in areas which the kids associate with school or learning. However, getting them into a groove with reading and writing can help them form a lifelong love of both. Why not try a subscription to Banjo Robinson? Banjo’s fun letters and activity packs encourage independent reading and creative writing. Children all over the world love their cat pen pal, and parents are telling us that their literacy is improving too.
Physical activity is something you should encourage your child to do every day. This includes more than just organised sports – physical activity could be something as simple as walking the dog, playing tag or helping with housework. A great way to keep your child active is by allowing them to choose activities that they enjoy. Joe Wicks was a PE hero during lockdown: and his fun videos are still available. Join in too, if you can!
Although it can be frustrating when your child goes off track, it’s important to remember that they are learning. Pressuring them to move too quickly can cause more harm than good. Staying positive will help them- and you- deal with the frustrations that can arise. And stick with it: with a bit of consistency and support, your child’s good habits will be useful all the way into young adulthood and beyond.