There are so many studies and articles these days talking about the negative effect of social media on our children. Of course, the evidence is there for us all to see that it can indeed have an affect on some children’s self-esteem, but there’s no getting away from the fact that it is also the world they live in and, in some ways, a world where they can also feel comfortable, accepted and happy.
Perhaps our job as parents should therefore not be to simply despair and discourage, but instead help our children safely navigate this very real part of their world, better?
If we can talk as families, about the things that matter, then there is also evidence to show that this can make us happier and more secure. One resource that I think parents might find useful when wanting to feel sure they are preparing their children for the greater world is our Self Esteem Cards, which encourage discussion on inner beliefs that can help and hinder self-esteem and self-confidence (click to find out more in our shop).
Surely if our children learn to carry an inner confidence out into the world with them – online or offline – then they will be better-equipped with the tools needed to feel happy, no matter what they are faced with and that confidence is something that can be nurtured at home.
It’s not always easy to find the time to talk. We’ve all been there, “in a minute sweetie, I just want to get this finished”.
That ‘this’ is usually something that actually we could have put down or put away in order to give our child the time, but as busy parents we don’t always find ourselves in a space to think rationally or thoughtfully!
But being a willing ear to our children from a really young age is imperative if a healthy development of them feeling able to come to us and talk is to happen. If we start with the whole ‘in a minute’ from age 0, then the foundations are already going to start setting.
Chatty Monkey hopes to make conversation with our children that much easier and as such specifically select and publish easy-to-use conversation starter resources such as cards that you can lay on the table along with your knives, forks and place mats. So next time you sit down to dinner as a family, why not ask your child to pick a card and we assure you you’ll be amazed at how just having that starting point can really bring talking to the forefront!
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