Originally Posted by IamRAMBO24
1. Focus on valuable habits. Teach him how to save, for example, if he wants a new toy, have him work for it, put it in his piggy bank, and when he has enough, go and buy it for him.
2. Eating healthy. This is really important and you have to do it early on; eating is a habit; what a child eats will prob stay with him for the rest of his life, so try to teach him/her to eat healthy greens and fruits early on. A technique that is practical and works is some parents would not let the kid eat dessert until they finished their greens. It's not about liking them, it's about getting used to them.
3. Adopt a pet. Teach him how to take care of this pet. Kids who love animals tend to be more compassionate towards human beings later in life.
4. Always motivate your kids no matter what. If he does something you like, tell him he is doing a good job. I know this is hard to do because kids can be stressful to take care of, but they are very susceptible to opinion, and when you start being all negative towards them, they will grow up as negative people themselves. Yelling, spanking, time outs, aren't really teaching; hard to believe; teaching is when you show them how to do something correctly and back it up with some incentive to do it again. Reprimanding is a failure in teaching, and not an act of teaching like many people are mistakenly lead to believe.
The wife and I both do not follow a religion. We have christian values, but are a secular household. But we've both agreed that if our kid grows up and follows a religion, we'll still support their decision.
The nutrition thing is going to be tricky. She's a vegetarian and I am not. She wants to raise our children to be vegetarian, and I feel like that is going to be incredibly hard. We'll see how it goes, but that's what i think is going to be the hardest part as far as eating habits go. Going to be hard to tell my kid that they can't have what dad eats.
We don't have any pets right now, but we both want a dog. She wants one right now, but i was thinking it would be best to wait until the kid is about a year so that the kid and dog grow up together.