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Every parent wants their kids to be happy and healthy. It is important that you teach your children some essential life skills that will make them more able to cope with the challenges life throws at them over the next few years. You have to ensure that they are prepared for the problems, risks, and difficulties ahead, and make the most out of their abilities, becoming the best version of themselves. Find out more below.
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The main job of children is to learn as much as possible about the world around them and about themselves. Unfortunately, most mainstream education schools don’t provide them with the study skills they need to master learning. Therefore, it is your responsibility to help them discover their talent and interest and support them in understanding how they learn the best. Most kids today are visual learners, and they need to be entertained while being taught. They are also used to a fast-paced environment, so they don’t want to be limited by rules and timescales.
You can help your kids become happier if you teach them how to communicate with people from different walks of life. From holding a basic conversation to presenting their ideas clearly and expressing their feelings, there are loads to learn. Sky kids find it hard to stand up in front of the class and talk about themselves or answer questions, so you will need to find some practical exercises that will help them boost their confidence and communicate in a clear and logical manner, which will be appreciated with people around them.
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No matter if you homeschool your child or they are in a state school, they will need to be able to cope in different social situations and behave according to the setting and the people around them. You can start taking them with you to various meetings and work, too, so they learn from you how to talk to different people. If you have a volunteering job, you might even take them to observe what you do, so they understand how society functions better.
It is also important that you teach your children to take responsibility for their actions. After all, it is your job to make them honest and not to try to get away with things blaming others. If they spill something at home, you will need to tell them that it happened because they didn’t pay enough attention, and it is their job to make things right. Just like if they don’t complete their work on time, or forget to put the bins out, you have to make it clear that they need to take full responsibility.
Successful people never stop learning, and this is a trait you can pass on to your kids. Do you read regularly? Is it something you saw your parents do? Then you know how your behavior and values will influence your children. You will need to talk to them about how they can build on their strengths and address their limitations, so they can become better at whatever they are set out to do. From an early age, introduce them to reading and improving their knowledge. Start with engaging books and adventure stories available on this website, and take time to discuss their experience.
Your kids will need to be driven and have a purpose from an early age. You can show them how to set personal and educational goals, how to be more competitive, and never give up. While they might not yet be receptive to motivational books, you can ask them to set simple goals when it comes to their grades or school performance and stick to them. This will give them a sense of achievement and help them stay focused on their priorities.
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If you are a human, you will make mistakes. You will need to acknowledge it in front of your kids, or they will automatically aim for perfection. You have to teach them how to turn their mistakes into an advantage and learn from them. Having an attitude that allows for mistakes and errors will make them less anxious and more aware of their limitations. If you are a perfectionist yourself, you will need to ensure that you change yourself before you can lead by example.
One of the main skills your child will need when they leave the nest or can’t rely on you any more is cooking for themselves. Involve them in the preparation tasks from an early age, so they understand food, health, and nutrition. Cooking is a myth for most young adults, as they were never allowed in the kitchen as children. Give your kids a hands-on experience, so they can look after themselves and save money on takeaways when they go to college or start their own lives.
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If there is something all generations agree on, it is that showing respect to each other is a basic human trait. You will need to teach your kids manners, but go beyond this. Instead of just being polite, they need to learn to accept that others are different, they think in a unique way, and they have their own opinion. You will do your children a huge favor if you show respect to others in front of them, while treating them with respect. Avoid talking down at the kids and patronizing them.
Caring for Animals
It is important that your children develop respect for the living environment. They need to be aware of the problems different ecosystems face due to the urbanization of the Earth, and do something to improve their future. If you can, get them a small animal first, and a household pet when they are old enough to look after a dog, cat, or rabbit, and you can create the perfect foundation for your children to become animal lovers.
Helping others is not only good for the community, but also boosts self esteem and confidence. Even if it is just little things, like asking an older neighbor whether they need anything from the shop or walking over with a cake if they are feeling unwell, they will learn this important trait that will open doors for them later in life. If you have the opportunity to take your children volunteering or helping out at the local soup kitchen, they will learn that they can make a difference in people’s lives.
It is also crucial that you teach your kids how to manage their money. Instead of giving them money on demand, start rewarding them with pocket money for doing chores around the house. They will have to understand that you do work for the money, so will they when they grow up. Encourage them to take on small part time jobs, such as doing the paper round, so they understand the value of money from an early age. Teach them basic budgeting and encourage them to save money for something they would really like.
Punctuality and Time Management
Employers, schools, and business people value punctuality and time management skills, but they are not taught in school. It is your job to teach them how to manage their time, prioritize their tasks, and keep an eye on their deadlines and homework. While in elementary school there is no main consequence of not handing in work on time, when they reach college age, they will need to handle multiple projects and assignments, and it will be more challenging if they don’t have advanced time management skills.
It is important that your child can take care of their personal hygiene from an early age. You don’t have to bathe them when they are toddlers any more; simply teach them how to wash carefully. You might want to start a routine of brushing your teeth together, and get them a fun timer toothbrush that will tell them when they have cleaned their teeth properly. At the same time, you will have to lead by example and help them choose their personal hygiene routine and products when they turn into teens.
Basic Health Prevention
Your kids also need to be competent when it comes to health. You have to talk about preventing injuries, colds, looking after their appearance, their health, and their weight. You can take them to nutrition classes and encourage taking on a sport that keeps them active. Unfortunately, the majority of kids today struggle with their weight, even though they have sports at school. It is your responsibility to introduce your children to healthy living and an active lifestyle.
There are several life skills you can teach your kids from an early age that will make it easier for them to become competent, healthy, happy, and successful adults. Your influence on your children’s behavior is huge, so try to lead by example and show instead of telling. This will help you get your message across easier.