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Now that your child is older, they are going to need some things that they didn’t need before. They are also going to need some things a little more than they have previously, so you’re going to have to work out how to give it to them. If you don’t know what kind of things we are talking about, the simple answer is everything. However, we are going to be looking at this in a little more detail down below, so keep reading if you would like to find out more.
A Space Of Their Own
The first thing that they are going to need is a space of their own. As kids get older, they are going to start valuing their privacy a little more, and they are also going to become more independent. Maybe they want to play in their room for a little while instead of playing downstairs where they used to. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this, and you need to make sure that their room is a space of their own in which this can be done. Make sure that you do it up the way that they like it, or something very similar to how you know they would have it if they could choose.
Look at a range of different furniture options such as cabin beds before you decide exactly what you want to do, instead of just choosing the first thing that you see. This shows the amount of thought that you have put into the room, and it will be appreciated by the child. Make it fun, and trust us they are going to love it.
Your kids are going to be going through some changes that they may not fully understand, but it’s important that you are there to emotionally support them. Sometimes it’s difficult, like when they are angry about something and start saying hurtful things, but you need to try and remember they don’t mean it. All kids go through massive hormonal changes, and it can be tough when they are crying, lashing out and so on, but you will get through it. They need you then more than ever, no matter what they think at the time,
You need to ensure that you are there to offer emotional support wherever you can. Be their safe place where they can talk about things without being judged. This is a fantastic way to cement your relationship.
As they grow, you are going to need to set firm boundaries. It’s difficult when they are really small because you know they don’t understand what you are saying or the point of it all. However, the older they get, the more they are going to try and test your boundaries, which is why you need to stand firm in them. Too many parents give up at the first sign of their child showing resistance to something, and while it’s hard to ignore the tantrums that come with rules, it’s necessary. Talk to them afterwards about what happened, why you said what you said and so on so that they understand everything. This should help the next time something similar is on the horizon.
Finally, your kid is still going to need to do fun activities in order to enjoy themselves. Don’t think that just because they are a little older now that they don’t need the same amount of attention from you. Trust us, they do. Make sure that you have fun activities available for them to do either with you involved or at least with you in the vicinity. Ask them what fun things they would like to do every once in a while, and we’re sure that you will be able to compile a fantastic list after a little while.
We hope that you have found this article helpful, and now see some of the things that your kid is going to need a little more of now that they are older. It’s important to recognise when you aren’t giving your kid exactly what they need so that you can take a step back and really think about what you could do differently. Some parents don’t like to do this as it makes them feel like a failure, but you have got to put your kids’ needs before anything else, and if that means changing the way you are currently doing things, this is what needs to happen