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Your young children are the apple of your eye. They are the most beautiful part of your life, and you wouldn’t change a thing about them. Right now, they’re fairly naïve and are just about to start figuring out how things in this world work. Remember what that was like? When you were completely oblivious in terms of how our society operates? Well, that’s where they are now; it’s up to you to make sure they’re in tune with everything that’s going on and ready when it’s time to go on their own.
Everything you know how to do in life; every skill you have; every piece of common sense in your brain – do you know how you acquired these things? By being taught them. Nothing ever randomly landed into someone’s mind – skills are handed down to someone by a more experienced individual. If you want your children to have a better chance in life, and to have lots of confidence and conviction in what they do, then you’ll need to teach them.
There are a lot of teenagers and, unfortunately, adults in this world that haven’t the faintest clue about how to look after themselves or how to do the basics in life. This sad fact is brought around by a lack of productive activity as a youngster. If a child sits around all day doing nothing, then they’re not going to have that experience going into older ages. You don’t want that for your offspring, right? Didn’t think so.
There are many different skills that will benefit a person in this life. These types of abilities can give them the confidence to really attack every single day with vigor and happiness. Here are just a few, so that you can understand what kind of competent person your little one should be molded into.
We’ll start off with an absolutely important one for day to day living: chores! Things need to be done around the house. Every. Single. Day. They might be a little tedious and annoying at times but is much needed. Getting your kid to do productive domestic tasks will make them ready for when they eventually move into a place of their own. Imagine doing everything for them, and then sending them away when they’re ready for college (or something similar). They’d be pretty useless, huh? That sounds crazy, but it happens. (Side note from Cindy: I remember in college having friends that literally had no idea how to operate a washing machine or boil water even in a microwave. YIKES!)
We all need to eat. We all need to be completely nourished in order to survive! Some people can order takeout every single day, but that’s not the right way to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Teaching your kid to cook even the most fundamental things can benefit them massively. You could start off with the basics; soon enough, you could be googling something exotic like how to make homemade hummus recipe and dishing up something completely advanced with them. This skill builds a lot of confidence and makes people feel as though they can handle themselves in the kitchen. It also helps them learn how to create a healthy diet instead of relying on instant processed food for their entire lives.
Don’t you hate it when you’re spoken to by a rude individual? It’s not nice. That’s why you need to make sure that your kid is on his or her best behavior. A lot of people think that you’re just born a particular way and that your brain decides how to behave for you. No. Your attitude is something that can be worked on. If you train them to mind their Ps and Qs, then they’ll have that way of thinking drilled into their psyche.
Other ways of teaching manners might mean telling them about personal space, boundaries, and not asking too many personal questions. You know how inquisitive and naïve little ones can be. It becomes more concerning when they’re into their late teens and still behaving this kind of way.
This point cannot be stressed enough. If you bring a child up in a more positive and happy environment; guess what their personality will be like? People with miserable attitudes are often brought up in miserable houses. Try to do your best in terms of smiles and happiness – set the right example. What kind of offspring would you like: a happy, go-lucky child with a go-ahead attitude or one that doesn’t really want to do anything ever? The former, obviously.
Functioning In Society
We’ll end with something that we touched on slightly at the beginning. Being a functioning member of society is something that everyone should be. If you’re out of the loop due to social anxiety, or a lack of education in the matter, then it can really get you down. Teach your kid how to be a part of this well-oiled machine. Take them shopping, teach them about money and how to budget, explain how to setup a household, show them how certain things work, teach them how to use basic tools. Do what you can to help them build overall common sense.
If you are not sure where to start with what they will need to know before moving out on their own, please check out my workbook – Simple Steps For Living Life: Out On Your Own. It includes things that will be needed when leasing an apartment, how to setup utilities etc, basic cooking skills, what to do when you feel lonely, and so much more!