Now that we are getting used to writing ‘2021’ instead of ‘2020’, it’s perhaps the right moment to ask yourself — as a parent — what resolutions mean to you. And when you get your answers, it’s worth wondering what do you want the R-word to mean for your child. It’s one thing to make a list of things you promise yourself and quite another to actually stay committed. Because your children will imitate this attitude of yours: if you don’t take your new year resolutions, chances are your kids won’t, either.
We at Kyt lay a lot of emphasis on the concept of practice as we’ve learned first hand that the only way to learn something properly is to repeat it as many times as possible. Whether that’s a note from Hindustani music or a step from Hip Hop dance or a transpose move from Chess. Without practice, there is nothing to hold on to. And this is also the reason why we believe resolutions are an idea worth encouraging amongst the younger lot.
To start with, here are some tips that you can encourage your child to pick up this year. No, it’s not imperative for a new year resolution to start from January 1st. The real test of a resolution takes place much later as we acknowledge the importance of practising new activities and actions.
So, here we go…
Eat more vegetables.
It’s never too late to adopt more greens on the plate. Might surely help against the junk food ingested otherwise. And 2021 is a fine year for your child to understand this truth.
Less TV and play more.
Outdoor engagement should be encouraged and your child must be made aware of the benefits of interpersonal relationships.
Keep your room clean.
As is the case with most children, they can’t wait to grow up. Tell your child that maybe a sureshot sign of growing up early is keeping their room clean. Might just do the trick!
Finish homework on time.
Many adults tend to believe that procrastination is something they developed during college. In reality, children procrastinate early on and an effective way of dealing with it is to make the child aware of the problem: well, homework can’t wait.
Whether your child is learning from a school teacher on their laptop or from their Yoga teacher on Kyt, it’s immensely important for them to show respect. Let 2021 be a year of good behaviour, whether online or offline.
Now that most children don’t get to meet their favourite relatives (read: grandparents/uncles), how about goading your child to start writing letters and if that is too much to ask for, how about a sweet and short postcard?
Brush teeth twice a day.
Remind your child that teeth are literally the backbone of beauty and health. If they aren’t brushing twice a day (once before going to sleep), make this year a game-changer in dental hygiene for them.
Not be wasteful.
Our planet is not really at the best of its shape and your child must be slowly made aware of what’s going on. To ensure that they aren’t wasteful (in terms of resources), you’ll have to set the right examples yourself.
Aware of nature.
The fastest way for you to connect your child with nature at large is to get some plants and do some gardening with them. Make them aware of “life” (watering on time, etc.) and see them blossom into caregivers.
No matter what happens and no matter who is in front of them, teach your kids to be kind. 2020 proved to be an isolated year where people across the world relied a lot on each other’s warmth. May 2021 be a year where kindness is highlighted.
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