Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung once said, “Children are educated by what the grown-up is and not by his talk.” Put simply, you cannot just tell your children what to do, but must lead by example. Teaching them practical lessons in life will not only give them a head start, but also help them cope with the realities of everyday living. From stressful situations and failures to pressures and frustrations, demonstrating valuable life skills will enable your kids to rise to challenges, adapt, and become flexible.
Teach Kids Social Skills
According to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health, early social competence can impact a child’s adolescence and adult life. Socially competent children were more likely to go to college and earn a degree or have a job by age 25 compared to those with limited social skills.
Hence, helping children develop their social and emotional skills can prepare them for a healthy future. Make eye contact with your kids when you’re talking to them, encourage them to communicate their feelings, listen actively, or imbibe the virtue of waiting for their turn to speak. Ensure that you and your spouse communicate and listen to each other and other people. By showing a good example, your child will pick up good manners, social, and communication skills while being kind and considerate to everyone.
Educate Children on Money Management
It’s never too early to teach kids some financial basics and how important it is to manage money responsibly. Introduce money in daily life, demonstrate the numbers concept in easy forms, and teach them how to manage finances.
You might also consider giving a small allowance each month so that they know how to handle cash. Take your kid to the bank when you open an account in their name and explain the importance of saving and budgeting for what they want to have. Allow them to earn their own money by giving extra chores around the house.
Assign Chores or Tasks
Chores teach children responsibility and that each one in the family must work to contribute to household life. By doing simple chores, your children will learn the value of work and that it needs to be done in life.
They will also see that they will need to collaborate with others and in this case, with siblings and other household members. Studies show that kids who did chores are happier and successful later in life.
There is no exact or perfect formula for parenting. However, there are valuable life skills that you can impart to your children that will help them achieve satisfied and successful lives.