Children are like sponges. They absorb everything around them faster than any adult. The values that they carry out through adolescence and adulthood all start in their childhood stage. There are certain details that you must not fail to observe as you help them create a foundation to a better self.
Kindness Begets Kindness
Kindness of heart is not in the nature of a child. Their initial instinct once they gain self-consciousness is to be selfish and consider only their importance. As a parent, you have to show them the way to have a kind heart. You set the foundation, teach them how to share by showing them how it is done. They will definitely follow your lead.
Respect Begets Respect
Your child has their own self and you have to value their worth. To teach them to respect others they must also see this in you. You must show them how it feels to be respected. When you talk to children rudely, they will do the same to others because they will think that it's all right. How you personally deal with your elders will be returned back to you when your children have come to age. Children are very observant. They will observe how you do things and they will use it as their model to their future actions. Respect others so that your children will know how to do the same when they grow up.
Enjoy Their Youth
Your children know if they are important to you or not. Spend enough time with them so that they will know that they are important. Bring them along to your short trips. If they seek your company, don't deny it to them. If you have a busy schedule, then make it a point that you plan a moment for them. The more exposed they are to you, the more they value their self worth. A time will come when you will have all the time in the world but your children have grown up and won't have enough time for you already. Enjoy their childhood because you can never move back the hands of time when you miss the opportunity to be with them.
Children cling to their parent's protection because they know, in your arms; they'll always be safe. Protect them from all possible dangers and anticipate possible harms that may come their way. This is a good training point for it will give them the impression that your presence is their safe zone. It's better to know that your personal safety is dependent on the love and attention that's given to you by the people who brought you up in this world, rather than seek the safety of acquaintances they gain in life.
Trust to Build Confidence
Learn to trust your children. Expect them to make mistakes every once in a while but make sure you guide them back to the right path, When children know that you trust them, they gain more confidence and will strive for the better. Don't scold them for petty mistakes or betrayal of trust that they may do accidentally. Instead provide them your view and show them the way to regain your trust.
Be the Light
Life is full of stumbling blocks. The road to greatness is long and rocky. As they trek the road to success, be there always at their side. Be ready to provide feedback and teach them to evaluate the situation that they have encountered. Show them where the light is and teach them how to reach it the right way. Give them options. Be the voice behind the toll-free number to life's light that will guide them to the right button to press to reach a specific option.
Set Them Free
Finally, don't tie up your children to your ideals. They are their own person and they have their own likes and dislikes in life. Set them free. Let them decide what they want and teach them to weigh their options. This will make them a better person because they can become what they want to be when they grow up.