A Russian family have adopted a giant pet brown bear named Stepan whom they take along as they go on camping trips in the countryside and do all kinds of fun things together.
Stepan, adopted after he was orphaned, has become so tame that he joins in his family’s hide-and-seek games, reading sessions and even sits down to eat with them.
Here are nine parenting lessons Stepan’s owners have playfully offered to fellow bear owners.
1. Read to your child. It expands your child’s vocabulary, creates connections in his brain, and help him develop a love for learning.
2. Take your child on nature walks. It allows him to explore his environment, it inspires creativity and inquiry, and you foster a life-long appreciation of the natural world in your child.
3. Teach your child the importance of hygiene and grooming. It’s not only healthy, but it shows respect for others.
4. Teach your child about the people that came before him. It will help your child feel an empathy for, connection to, and appreciation of those that came before him. It’s important for your child to know his own familial history as well as history at large.
5. Teach your child to defend himself. Your child will develop a healthy self-esteem and confidence and have the ability to handle himself in difficult and tense situations.
6. Teach your child about sports. Sports are not only fun and healthy, but they educate your child about commitment, excellence, teamwork, and sportsmanship.
7. Teach your child proper manners. It’s important that your child knows how to comport himself in a mannerly fashion in all situations. It shows respect not only for others, but for himself. It’s also a good example for his peers and kids that are even younger.
8. Teach your child about eating properly. A proper diet is important for mind and body.
It is also a good example and inspiring to others to be and stay as healthy as you can.
9. Most importantly spend time with your child. Even if it’s just watching something on TV, show your child at all times you are interested in his life, he’s worth your time, and that you love him.
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