Life skills to start teaching your kids.
It’s a well-known fact that the sooner we start teaching our kids some important skills, the better chances of success we have. This is particularly true when it comes to some skills that they’ll be able to use throughout their lifetime, both in private and professional life. Such skills will help them deal better with real-world situations with more confidence and efficiency. So, what are they and how should we help our kids learn them while they’re still young?
From the earliest age, we are forced to make many decisions. They can be more or less important, but we always have to face their consequences. Parents need to start explaining the decision-making process and its steps to the kids from an early age. Kids should know how to weigh their opinions, evaluate advantages and disadvantages of their choices and they have to become aware that making a wrong decision is not the end of the world, but a learning opportunity instead.
Importance of health
We are privileged to be living in this time when we know much more about what is important for our health and how to lead healthy lifestyles. Also, medicine has come a long way in providing the best possible care. Still, this is all in vain unless people look after themselves and they will only do so if they are taught properly. Brushing their teeth, washing their hands and taking regular showers are just some habits that parents need to instil in their kids. Finally, kids should be aware of the importance of a proper and healthy diet.
Having kids means that time management takes one of the most important roles in a family’s life. Managing the household, going to work, looking after kids and making sure they fulfil all their school and extracurricular obligations can be a disaster if the parents’ time-management skills are not excellent. That’s why they need to teach their kids about the importance of organizing their time well. Parents should also make sure they don’t overwhelm their kids with various activities, but allow them enough time to play and… be kids.
Value of learning
No matter what one does for a living, learning will be an inevitable part of the journey. Many kids today feel resentment towards studying and anything related to school. What parents need to do is focus their kids’ attention on the benefits. One way of doing that is to show them that most learning actually takes place outside the classroom. Some forward-thinking educational institutions have realized this and organize a regular outdoor class for their students as part of the curriculum.
Every adult is aware of how important it is to manage their financial resources carefully. Money management includes much more than the ability to do simple math, but it’s one of the opportunities to help kids understand how valuable being good at maths is. Although they are likely to wish to spend any money they get on various things they want at that moment, parents should offer them an alternative in the form of saving, so that some greater benefits can be enjoyed later.
Kids should not do all household chores, but they should gradually be introduced to them. From keeping their room clean and clutter-free and taking out the trash to more complex tasks, there is always something they can do at a certain age, which will help them develop useful and practical habits.
There will be times when a kid will be hungry, but there will be nobody around to prepare a meal for them. That’s why parents should realize that even the youngest ones can learn to prepare something to eat. They should start with simple sandwiches and reheating food in the microwave. One of the tricks to make children interested in preparing and eating healthy food is to ask them to help prepare fruit salad. They can choose the ingredients or even chop if they can be trusted with a knife. They will be much more likely to eat something they’ve prepared.
Unfortunately, many kids take too much time getting ready and some are even reluctant to do anything on their own. Parents could help them by allowing them to choose the clothes and preparing it the night before, and monitor the kids’ steps in the morning, from getting up and brushing their teeth to putting on clothes. If they don’t waste too much time getting ready, they won’t be late for school or any other obligations they might have.
Teaching starts with the day a kid is born and it’s a long process. Most benefits take years to materialize, but parents should never forget that by teaching their kids these and similar skills, they are actually investing in their future.