Best Advice to Give Your Children
Pro-Techs Surfacing might not seem like the likeliest source of advice for parenting, but think about it, we work exclusively with one of the most formative settings for a child- the playground. We have a deep desire to protect and nurture each child’s growing up experiences and with that, we have a few thoughts on some of the most important lessons for adults to impart to their children. However, you’re going to want to have this talk somewhere fun, maybe a playground. Wherever you go, make sure the playground you are at has surfacing that will protect your child, namely Pro-Techs Surfacing, the gold standard in playground flooring.
So what lessons are good to teach your children at an early age? Well, we’ll start with one that they don’t call the golden rule for nothing. Respect. As Thomas Monson said, When we treat people merely as they are, they will remain as they are. When we treat them as if they were what they should be, they will become what they should be.” Respect teaches children that they can remain idealistic and treat people as they should be treated. It teaches kids that we are all a part of the same human experience and no one is more valuable. Another good lesson to teach your children while they are young is the importance of manners. Manners raise a child’s social IQ and let the world know that they are respectable, thoughtful people. Basically, manners let people know that you are considering their needs and the needs of a situation. It’s important to know that manners transcend silverware. As Emily Post once said, “Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.” Another lesson you should be teaching your children is how to lose and win with grace. The smallest thing can turn into the most important competition of one’s life and you need to remind your child to have perspective of all things. Sometimes they are going to lose in life and sometimes they are going to win and they need to be okay regardless of what happens. Having playtime with family is a very healthy experience that can help foster these lessons of sportsmanship and composure. Once your child has learned how to lose at home, they’ll be okay no matter what happens at school or on the real sports field. One great way of having playtime is taking your family to a playground, ideally one with Pro-Techs Surfacing. A great quote that sums up the sportsmanship you should aim to instill in your children is “You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards, and when you reach your limits, that is real joy,” by Arthur Ashe.
Obviously there are more lessons you can and should teach your child throughout their childhood, but these lessons are good places to start. After a good lesson is taught, let your kids celebrate their findings with some fun at a (Pro-Techs Surfacing) playground.