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Welcome

Welcome to Raising Great Kids.  I am so pleased to bring this website to you and hope you’ll enjoy reading my posts.

Now, right off the bat, I do not claim to be an expert at raising great kids.  I have no formal qualifications in the ‘raising kids’ department, but I do have two boys that I raised – and I think they’re great kids.  As this website evolves, I hope to explore many of the contributing factors to raising great kids and, with your contributions, attempt to identify the real core principles as well.

There are Great Kids all around

Just take a look around – there are great kids everywhere.  In the street where you live, at the shops, in school playgrounds, at the beach, on the buses and trains, at church, riding bikes, playing sports, at the cinema – literally everywhere there are great kids.  If you go on holiday, to just about anywhere in the world, there are great kids there too.

Great Kid with Soccer BallSo raising great kids can’t be based purely on where you live, or the climate, or your religion, or the clothes you wear, or the food you eat – although I’ll admit that living in a prosperous country, where food, water and shelter can be taken for granted has got to be a plus.  But great kids can be found in the poorest countries in the world.  Does this mean that raising great kids doesn’t have anything to do with wealth?  I think having enough money to do exciting things with your children is certainly a bonus, but I don’t believe it’s at the real core.

Ask yourself this Question

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What would YOU say are the three main contributing factors that made YOU a great kid?

I asked myself this question and it really got me thinking.  The first two came to mind quickly and I was able to expand on them easily (it was quite exciting actually, looking back at what things had really made a difference to me when I was young).  I’m still thinking about a third, by the way.  I’m happy to share my thoughts. If you wish, you can leave your comments at the bottom of this post, or email me if you’d prefer to keep them more private.  Just visit the Contact Page.

How I Answered the Question

Here goes – I’ll keep it relatively short – in summarized form :-

First – My Mom – Unconditional love – forgiving – easy to be with – predictable – could always count on – always happy to help – welcomed my friends – never criticized – taught me to knit – took me places – patient – loving – and kind – my Mom was terrific!

Second – My Grandad – We sang together regularly, sitting on his couch – we danced together too – helped him in the veggie garden – helped him build a huge greenhouse – later, filled with tomatoes, he let me be in charge of watering them -  he let me collect the eggs from under the hens – he took my sister and me for drives in his car most weekends – he encouraged me to play piano – he let me have lollies from his lolly jar – my Grandad also had most of my Mom’s qualities – he was terrific too!

Raising Great Kids – Interesting Observations

Some interesting observations here.  But, hey, these are only my thoughts.  Please send me your own thoughts and ideas and between us I think we can start getting to the real core principles of raising great kids.

Here are my observations from points 1 and 2 above:-

  • Male and female (coincidence?)
  • No mention of any material things
  • Being trusted with responsibilities
  • Being involved
  • Having fun
  • Being loved
  • Treated like an individual
  • Encouraged to learn new things

I’m starting to get excited about this raising great kids website now.  I have a real sense of direction and believe I might even become a better parent myself from writing it.  What an unexpected bonus!

I’m looking forward to reading your comments on my posts.

Jan Littlehales

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