It’s easy to allow for the only education your child receives to be at school. It’s easy to see your child’s education as only comprising of what they study. It’s easy to send your child off to school every morning and have their education stop when they return home of an evening. It’s easy to do these things, so don’t worry if you do it. However, as a parent you owe it to your child to teach them more. You owe it to them to teach them about life.
Teaching your children about values is just as important as teaching them Maths, English and Science. Without the right values in place during the very tender time of transitioning from childhood to adulthood, your child could be in danger of taking very dangerous paths. So, start teaching them about values as best you can, as early as you can.
One way to teach them about the value of hard work is to get them involved with a task that requires them to get a bit dirty. One such task is weeding: by having your child help you weed the garden they will soon understand that to get the job the done, first they will have to encounter a whole lot of mud. By doing so, you will also be doing all you can to garner an appreciation of the great outdoors within them.
As monotonous as it may sound, it never hurts to distill skills within your child that will help them thrive in the workplace. No, this doesn’t mean choosing out a specific career path for them by tailoring what specific skills and knowledge they receive. It means providing them with general skills that could help them succeed no matter what line of work they get themselves into.
This could mean distilling within them the skills such as how to make a good impression. How to maintain a courteous attitude. How to read body language. How to both ask and listen to questions, and how to find the perfect balance between the two. How to establish a rapport with both similar and different kinds of people. And other skills that would be found on a typical bout of customer service training.
When your child is aware that the way they act around others is just as much of a determining factor in their success in adulthood as their schoolwork is. And when your child is able to easily showcase the skills mentioned above. He or she will enter adulthood with all the tools needed for success.
Inspiring your children to follow their dreams and be themselves is absolutely what you should be doing as a parent. Keeping them motivated enough to chase whatever dream it is that they have is pivotal. Helping them maintain a degree of childishness and that childish spark is what you should be doing. However, you shouldn’t let these be the only driving factors of your parenting. You must mix them with elements of realism too.
As a parent, you owe it to your children to prepare them as best you can for childhood. Yes, push and then stand by them as they chase their own life in adulthood. But make sure you make them fully aware of what is coming, as well as how to deal with it.
Love this post! You are spot on with your advice! Thanks for sharing! :)
Wonderful article, Christy! <3
As both a parent and former teacher, I couldn’t agree more with your points here, Christy. Schools should not be the only places where the education of children takes place. Education at home should be ongoing, not as daily doses of set lessons, but woven within the every day life of the family. You’ve said all this so well your post. :)
So true. Great post. Thanks for writing what items should be focused besides formal education. Have a wonderful evening.
I agree with all of those points. In particular skills for the workplace! This is something that’s often missed by some parents, possibly because it’s a little further along and the parents expect the kids to be ‘old enough’ to teach themselves by then!
Great point about the older kids, Carol! Heck I still learn something new every day ;)
Haha there’s always so much to learn!
As a mother i am happy to read this post..
I love this post! You are so right!
Hi Christy… excellent post and you have mentioned so many aspects of growing up which are never taught in school. As a child I was taught the value of a good days work. Later in life those same skills became pivotal in success and yes of course there were failures. Understanding both allowed me to distinguish between the two… great wisdom in this post.
Hugs from Alberta
Yes, I agree with all points also! I must say that keeping them motivated is important, it can be easy to lose your drive and get sidetracked.
beautiful, ties in really well with what I am trying to do with The I AM Program and Kids In Touch.. excellent EI!
Excellent post, Christy!
Loved this! <3
I hope you feel the loving vibes I’m sending you <3
Taking them in! <3 xo
Thank you and may your weekend be wonderful, Michael :)
Thank you Christy, the same to you, with a big smile of the sun. ;-) Michael
Wonderful post, Christy. When I was teaching, we always referred to the parents as the ‘primary educators’ of our students. The fact that so many young couples search online and in bookstores for good parenting books suggest that they take the responsibility seriously. I like your specific ideas about what and how things can be done. Well done!
This post is amazing I couldn’t agree more with you we are the main teachers of our kids and every point is important the education start at home with us 😍 thank you for sharing xx this post make me so happy!
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