3 Development Strategies to Improve Your Child’s Life Skills
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- Published on Wednesday, 25 October 2017 11:55
- Last Updated on 25 October 2017
- Monica Costa
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Raising a child is difficult. There are also many ways to parent, and no one parenting style is necessarily better than any other. Teaching children, however, should always be a priority. You cannot rely solely on a standard school education to teach your children the invaluable life skills that they need to succeed. This means doing more than simply sending your child to school, it means:
Teaching Them Critical Life Skills at Home
There are two major life skills that you should teach your child at home. The first is how to take care of themselves, the second is responsibility. These two life skills are what will help your child function and adapt to the world at large once they move out of the house. There are so many things that schools don’t teach their students.
To teach them these life skills, start when they’re young. You can get your child to help you with everyday chores so that not only are they learning key life skills, they are also spending quality time with you. Ensure that the chores that they’re doing are appropriate for their age. This means eventually having your child help you with tidying, cleaning, and even washing their laundry.
Another life skill that will be fun to learn and allow you to spend great bonding time with your kids is to cook with them. Again, the responsibilities you delegate to your children should be age-appropriate. Doing this, however, will give them the confidence and know-how to have a healthy and balanced diet throughout their life. Do this because it’s fun, but also because many first-year university students suffer from malnourishment. Teaching your children how to cook healthy meals throughout their life will keep them healthy and well-balanced throughout their adult life.
Enrol Them in Hobbies
Going to after-school classes, activities or hobbies are all great ways for your child to learn new skills and improve their social capabilities. This could be a sport, a craft, or any other after-school group or class that your child loves to do. The more activities your child tries, the more they will understand who they are and what they’re interested in. This will help direct them later in life when they choose a university course and later a career.
Improve Their Education
Another way you can prepare them for the future is to improve their education. You could start off by encouraging reading and oration, and then, as they grow up further, by choosing among the international baccalaureate schools in London like Southbank International School. These schools have a greater focus in developing a child’s intercultural understanding and respect. It’s more important than ever to understand each other, and these schools can give your child a better education overall.
It isn’t just up to schools to teach your child what they need to know before they head off on their own. It’s up to parents to teach them the skills and traits that will help their children thrive as adults. Use these development strategies to raise confident, independent adults.
Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums