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Three Good (and Free) Things that Your Kids Should Have a Lot Of

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As parents, all we want is the best for our kids. We work hard to afford the things that they need for them to grow in a happy and healthy home, with maybe some of those things that we wished we had when we were little.

As responsible adults, we know that we can’t blow all our hard earned money on the most expensive or luxurious things. The love and care that we share don’t have to have a huge price tag. In fact, many of the most important things that they really need don’t have to cost muc, and some of them can be free.

In this article, we present three things that you can provide for your kids in abundance without spending too much. Focus on these, and you will see just how much difference they’re going to make.

Sleep

Sleeping is one of the most important things for anyone’s health and well being, and this is especially true for children as their brains and bodies develop. Sleeping allows the body and the brain to heal and regenerate from all the stresses that build up through the day.

Kids, especially those who have just learned how to walk, usually have very busy days exploring the world and playing. As a parent, it is so important to train your children to develop healthy sleeping patterns with regular scheduled bed times. This can be a bit challenging at first, but it sure is going to be worth it.

Many studies suggest that kids should get eight to ten hours of sleep per night. To ensure they are comfortable enough to be able to fall asleep easily and stay sound asleep, you can set up their bedrooms with a few useful items. Ergonomic mattresses, pillows and sheets that breathe so they don’t get too hot, blackout curtains so they aren’t distracted by any lights, and so on. In the summer you can put use dehumidifiers in the room to keep the air in from feeling too humid, and in the winter you can add a humidifier to make the air less dry. Generally, bed times should be established and rules relating to them should be firmly imposed.

Your Wisdom

Your children should be viewed as humans in training. They need to learn a lot of behaviors and habits in order for them to become functional and trustworthy adults in the future. To get to that point they need your guidance, and this is where your wisdom about life becomes handy.

No, you don’t have to be a professor or sage or expert in every part of life, but you can share your experiences about what you know works and what doesn’t work so they have the benefit of what you have learned. As a modern human being who works and plays and lives in the community that they will soon inherit, you surely have things to say and knowledge to impart, however small and insignificant you think they are.

Never be afraid to share those things with them, but never in an imposing manner. If you do it that way, they will most likely resist your advice. You can draw on your creativity to impart wisdom without hurting their developing identities and autonomy.

Your Time

When the kids are a bit older and they’ve already paved their own paths, they might need nothing but your time. And it’s not even to help them or what; it’s maybe just to watch them the things that they love. Many people don’t realize this, but simply being present in events and places considered important by the kids is an affirmation of your love and support for them. It tells them that you value their choice and who they are, even if you don’t agree 100% to them.

But time is not always easy to give, especially if you have other concerns like career and community involvement. Still, effort has to be exerted and communication lines should always be kept open so that they always feel comfortable coming to you for help and advice.

The best things in life are free. Up to a certain extent, this is true. Ironically, however, the free ones are also sometimes the most difficult to give. But as parents, due diligence must be exercised to deliver.

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