Before I had my children, I was a teacher. I love education, I love seeing children blossom in our schools. I love how teachers are our children’s true heroes.
However I know as a parent now that there are things our schools cannot and do not teach. We have to take responsibility for teaching and guiding our children in regards to life skills and prepare them for their teenager and adult lives.
TEACH YOUR CHILDREN HOW TIME MATTERS
Talk to them about what being on time means, be conscious about it. Spend quality time with your children, not quantity. Teach them to use their time wisely and not to be idle and lustful.
TEACH YOUR CHILDREN HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO FINISH WHAT THEY START
In today’s world, it is so busy, there are so many distractions, if we as parents do not insist on our children finishing everything they start, they will be low achieving and low productivity young adults. So if they start tidying their room and then get distracted and play, take them back to the original task. If they start an extra mural activity, do not let them just stop because they do not like it. Ensure they complete a term and then they may decide to stop. Teach these valuable lessons early and you will set your children up for success.
TEACH YOUR CHILD TO TRY THEIR BEST AND WORK HARD
We need to guide our children to do their best. Working hard will give them results they are proud of. Set up chores at home, when done well, they can have a little bit extra of TV time, to can earn an allowance. Make a game of this.
This skill is the one done badly by all of us. Work on playing games to make children talk in front of their friends, puppets that they make are a great way to get them uninhibited.
Rules are what keep our world a safe place to live. Teach your child from early, hot and cold, walking with a knife or scissors, the importance of seat belts. Make these lessons into rules.
THE LOVE OF LEARNING
The best way for you to do this, is to read. Read every night with your child. Make it a habit in your home. Take them to zoos, museums, do educational outings with them. Teach them to take an interest in the world around them
Every child wants to be able to help themselves, show the, how to make their bed, how to brush their teeth, help them to help themselves. Long terms this will ensure a healthy self-esteem and the confidence to do things independently.
There are many ways to teach your children this skill. From 2 years old, they can have a little shop at home, when they pack away nicely, they can have a coin. They can swop a coin for a little sweet. The point is they need to learn the value of exchange and that money does not grow on trees.
As a parent, you need to accept and know that you are your child’s first teacher, and it is up to you to teach them the things they cannot learn or be taught at school.