Parenting is so much more than caretaking. You are their teacher in life, in morals, in laws, and in decency. You are first and foremost their role model. They look up to you, and it is up to you to teach them and guide them. Schools are there for theoretical learning, but it is up to you as the parent to ensure your child succeeds at their own pace, and in the areas of life that they are interested in. To help your child become a successful adult, follow these steps:
Life Learning Tips
Life skills are not taught in schools. Things as simple as cooking and cleaning are lost to the current generation, who struggle once they move out on their own. Doing chores, however, doesn’t have to be a negative experience. Instead, start early, and make it a family event:
Cooking is a skill that everyone should know and have mastered. It’s also a skill that can be taught to children. Start at home and get your kids involved with the preparation. Keep their tasks age-appropriate, but put an emphasis on learning the right technique and about nutrition right from the start. Learning about the process and helping make the food can also help picky eaters discover and eat a larger variety of food. Never underestimate the power that being proud in something will get you.
Do this consistently, and your children will be able to properly take care of themselves as teenagers, and as adults. They might even be able to make a lot of new friends at college, simply because they can make dinners that don’t just involve pasta.
A clean home is a home that is not only something to be proud in, it also helps keep sickness at bay. Teaching your children how to clean properly, and how to properly handle cleaning supplies, is a great skill on its own to learn. The true value of getting your child to clean, however, is to instil a habit that they can take with them through their adulthood. The better your child is at habitually cleaning after themselves and helping around the house, the more responsible, clean, and disciplined they will be . as adults
Laundry is one of those chores that you think is easy, until you’ve bleached pink spots over all your clothes or mixed a new colourful item in with a batch of whites. Knowing how to properly do the laundry and how to take care of stubborn stains is a great life skill to have. You can start teaching your child how to sort and do the laundry at an early age.
Taxes are difficult to understand for adults, but if you start their education on how to file tax returns, how taxes work, and what kind of taxes there are, you can easily help prepare your child financially.
Helping Them with School
School, of course, can be tough. Excelling in school, however, is how they learn the building blocks to their education that will help them further develop their skills in certain areas. Early learning is excellent for helping them learn the basics that they need in life.
That being said, the school format is not great for every child. That is why if your child needs extra help, that is okay. It is better to take extra time to help them learn the subject matter, and understand why the answers are what they are. If you yourself don’t have the time or remember enough about what your child is learning, then it’s time to seek a tutor. This is typically the case for children who are struggling with mathematics – hiring a math tutor can help them excel.
Helping Them Excel Outside of School
Not every course, subject, or area of interest will be taught at school, which is why you need to be aware of your child’s talents and help them pursue these talents at home. If, for instance, your child has a talent for art, sign them up for a class after school that encourages and helps them learn the technical details. If you cannot afford to sign them up to these classes, make an at-home environment that encourages their talents. Simply drawing regularly can help children of all ages progress.
Helping Them Build Experience
Work experience is imperative for your employability. That is why getting a job as a teenager is an excellent way not only to give your child the financial independence that they crave, but also the experience that can help them get a job on campus later, or internships in their field. Not all experience, of course, is financial. There are programs and clubs in school that can help build your child’s cv as well. Between internships, after-school programs, and personal projects, you should aim to help your child excel. This is how they will be accepted into their top choice of further education, how they will get better experience, and how they will get hired right out of university.
Helping Them Be Social
You will no doubt have to nag your children to remember their p’s and q’s. You can feel like it is Groundhog Day with the number of times you must repeat the same mantra; however, manners are so very important. If somebody has manners, they can communicate effectively within any social situation or business circumstance. Manners provide the foundation to success, and the impact of good manners should never be underestimated.
Helping your child develop and learn through their childhood can give them a great start and help them be successful once they head off to university. Knowing how to take care of yourself, being strong in the academic field, and having experience and talent in their own personal interests will help them not only know what they want to do, but also have the talent and the means to make their dreams come true.