All children and adolescents should be raised in a protective environment within their family, what is it? Don’t confuse it with overprotection!
Children and teens alike need to feel safe and loved in order to evolve and thrive in life. It is necessary for them to have good physical and emotional security. It is the duty of the parents or legal guardians of minors to provide a protective environment for children to grow up healthy and happy.
HEALTHY AND PROTECTIVE FAMILY ENVIRONMENT
Building a healthy and safe family environment is key to protecting children from risks, but without becoming overprotective. In this sense, parents or legal guardians must know how to build a protective environment for children to learn things for themselves but without falling into the toxicity of dependency. They must learn to do things under the guidance of their adult referents.
The parents should aim what risks exist and what to do to prevent them are. In this way, parents will be able to teach their children the necessary skills so that children can face the different obstacles in life in the best possible way, thus enhancing their identity, autonomy and independence.
STRENGTHEN THE BOND
The first and fundamental step is to strengthen the bond between parents and children from the time children are born and as they grow. Take nothing for granted, that is, love should be cultivated like a plant that cares for itself … and watered every day to keep it strong. Parental love and care is the greatest protective factor that exists from parents towards their children.
In order to strengthen the bond, it will be necessary to emphasize some issues so that both parents and children benefit from the protective and safe environment, since the children will be more protected and with sufficient life skills and the parents will be more calm because they can trust more on your children’s ability. The issues to consider are:
- Work self-esteem
- Understand, understand and accept emotions
- Advocate for non-violence in conflict resolution
- To be a support in the dreams of the children …
- Accept the children as they are, also taking into account their interests and concerns
BE AWARE OF THE RISKS
There are risks that, as parents of children, may seem distant (drug use, violence, risky sex, unwanted pregnancies , psychological disorders …), but they are there and they can come. Therefore, it is necessary that from the home there are always educational values that are worked on in children from infancy to prevent this from happening in the future … Because if the values are not worked well, it may happen with greater probability.
By creating a protective environment at home, children will find in your home the affection, protection and care they need, so that in the future they will not feel the need to seek you outside the home in toxic and inappropriate ways. When children feel loved and accepted at home, they will have good intellectual, emotional and moral development … and this is essential for them to grow up happy.
For the protective environment to be adequate, parents must be aware of its importance even before the baby is born. It is necessary to remember that a family will be a protective environment as long as it is able to give all its members what they need to grow up healthy, to develop properly, to live as a family without any type of violence … children will feel safe and will know that your family will always be your greatest support.
Living in a protective environment is a child’s right and it should not only happen at home. The school and the community must also protect children … with a quality education and avoiding risky behavior both inside and outside the home. Education is social.
Dr. Tabriella Perivolaris, Sara's mother and fan of fashion, beauty, motherhood, among others, about the female universe. Since 2018 she has been working as a copywriter, always bringing to her articles a little of her experience and experience as a mother and woman.