There are a lot of things that parents need to teach their children. Teaching children has long been debated: is it the parents’ or the teachers’ job? While the teachers are there for education, some of life matters fall into the hands of parents and need to be taught from an early age. Here are some of the things you’re responsible for.
Teaching your children to have manners is extremely important. This is developed from a young age but is continuous.
It’s really easy to teach children to say thank you when taking something—repeat it every time they give you something or take it off you. Please and other manners are a little trickier but not impossible.
Motivation is important in life. Without it, they will get nowhere, so you need to help teach them this. The trick is to teach them why it’s so important and tricks to make it easier.
You could teach them about setting goals and how to go about meeting them throughout their life. Motivation hacks don’t just stop when they reach school age; it’s a constant think like manners.
People don’t want to see what you’re eating but small children find it easier to open their mouths to chew.
As they get older, parents need to encourage their children to chew with their mouths closed. Likewise, teach them to not talk with their mouth full and to wait until they’ve finished eating their bite to say something.
This could fall under general manners but it deserves its own point.
Table manners includes elbows on tables, feet on the chair across and how to use a knife and fork properly. It also includes announcing when you are leaving the table.
Children have no sense of privacy. It’s cute at first but as they get older, they need to learn that they can’t just walk in. Teach children to knock on a door before walking into a room by doing it yourself.
This is really important when they get older, especially in the workplace. Nobody wants you to walk in while in the middle of a meeting—or doing something that they’re not supposed to be doing!
This isn’t just polite; it stops the spread of disease. Don’t walk around sneezing and coughing without covering your mouth and nose. It teaches your children to do the same.
You want them to learn that having a handkerchief is a good thing and will help to promote a healthy lifestyle.
Don’t let your children struggle in dead-end jobs. Encourage them to become entrepreneurs. You never know if there is going to be another economic crash, so you want to make sure they are ready for it.
Get them to invent things and teach them that following their dreams isn’t necessarily a bad thing!