Schools rarely provide the beneficial life skills that your children will need when going out into the “real world”. These are skills that all parents need to try and instill into them.
Teaching your children these skills will benefit them throughout their lives:
1. Asking questions. If you can’t figure out something that’s important to you, you can save yourself a lot of grief by asking questions to the appropriate person. You can also learn a lot by exploring and asking yourself questions. Be inquisitive, teach them to ask and unlock the doors to knowledge.
2. The ability to solve problems. Life is full of challenges. Figuring out how to be successful in school, navigating through a new job, making the basketball team: these are all common challenges your kids must solve. Life is less intimidating when you learn processes that help you conquer challenges, whatever they may be.
* Avoid the temptation to solve your children’s challenges for them. Let them strive to figure solutions out on their own.
3. Finding a passion. No one ever trained us to go out and find the things that really excite and motivate us. Most of us were taught that working and having a job stinks, so you’d better get used to it. However, it doesn’t have to be that way! Everyone should have something they are passionate about and enough sense of independence to attach to it.
4. Independence. Children need to be nurtured to become more and more independent as they grow up. Many adults need to learn to be more independent as well. Strive to increase your child’s independence a little bit at a time.
5. Being content when alone. Some children are incapable of spending even 15 minutes without the attention of others. As children grow up, they learn to attach to other things to find contentment. Buying silly things, the Internet, food, video games, and more can all become addictions in their own way to avoid being alone. Adults are no different.
* There is a great power in being able to amuse yourself. It makes life easier, with fewer destructive temptations.
6. Compassion. The ability to work well with others and control our own anger is directly tied to our ability to be compassionate toward others. Strive to be more compassionate in your everyday life and teach your children the same. Being compassionate is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself and teach your children.
7. Dealing with change. Change is one of the few constants in life. Those who can be flexible and deal with change effectively are much more successful and happier than those who can’t. Help your child to learn to deal with change and you’ll be doing them a huge favor.
Schools teach us many things but they don’t teach us everything we need to be successful in life. These necessary skills that aren’t taught in school can be more valuable than anything we learn during our formal education. Learn them and you and your child’s life will be much more fulfilling.