The moment you become a parent, you get hit by a cocktail of emotions: love, pride, disbelief, panic, fear, wonder, and responsibility. It hits you like a two-mile-high tsunami, the kind you would see in a Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson action movie. It’s an incredible feeling and one that you never get used to as you carry it around with you everywhere you go.
You want to raise your kids right and always be there for them. You want to give them an attitude that will make them successful in life, help them understand where real happiness comes from and teach them those all-important life skills you were taught.
We’re not talking about how to ride a bike without stabilizers or cook spaghetti bolognaise, we’re talking about the sort of skills that will make the world an easier place to navigate when they get that little bit bigger – essential life skills like these:
- Love Reading. Love learning. Always.
Reading and learning and reading some more is the most amazing way to open your mind to new possibilities and ideas and beauties. It’s what makes us smarter, wiser, more curious and more alive. That’s why we need to give our kids a passion for reading. But not just reading, learning from everything they do – the people they meet, the stories they hear, the situations they experience. Everything.
- Play Well With Others
This has always been an important skill to have mastered, but now more than ever because the world has become a global village. It’s a place that is kind to anyone that values teamwork, collaboration and working together. That’s why we need to encourage our kids to play nicely with one another and team up to overcome any obstacles that may stand in the way of a common goal. Along the way, they’ll also pick up empathy, sympathy and a tolerance for other people’s views.
- To Look Out For Themselves
We would love to always be there for our kids, to be right next to them when life gets a little mean and harsh and tough, but we can’t, and nor should we want to. As magical as it is, life isn’t all rainbows and unicorns and that’s something kids need to understand. It could be teaching them how to cross the road properly so they avoid a pedestrian injury, it might be teaching them the dangers of talking to strangers, picking up bad vibes from people or understanding the difference between right and wrong. Whatever it is, they will all prepare your children for that side of the coin we wish wasn’t there.
- There Voice Deserves To Be Heard
Like we have mentioned a few time already, you won’t always be there to protect your little ones, something they need to understand too. As such, you should Encourage them to stand up for themselves, say what is on their mind in a way that’s both bold and respectful, and lead the way whenever a situation calls for it. The ability to stand up for yourself and fight your corner is one that will carry them far in life.