How Can We Raise Unspoilt Children?

It’s an age-old question that comes up often in our consultations with parents, and it’s not an easy one to answer:

How do we give our children the world, without making them feel entitled to it?

Finding the right balance as a parent will help you to raise a child that will become an independent, confident and capable adult.

And psychologist Linda Blair has offered some great suggestions on how to do it in a recent article.

Here’s a brief rundown of her top tips:

  1. Give the gift of your love and attention over material possessions.
  2. Champion the value of earning something over instant gratification.
  3. Teach your kids to enjoy anticipation all year round, not just for Christmas and Birthdays.
  4. Instill the importance of constantly trying, even after failures.
  5. Focus on praising effort as much or more than achievement.
  6. Set clear rules and guidelines, and stick with them.
  7. Encourage them to look at the world outside of their own experience of it.

We wholeheartedly agree with Linda’s suggestions; these tactics will nurture your child’s sense of compassion, gratitude, empathy and confidence in their abilities, and develop life skills that will bring them happiness and success in the future.

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