To teach children life skills does not need to take time out of your busy schedule, as you will see in teach your children life skills part 2:
As a parent you might feel unqualified to teach your children life skills and important lessons, but through these articles, I will show you how you can teach your children life skills without taking time out and doing it the easy way. (Be sure to read teach children life skills part 1)
The best part when you are teaching your children life skills is that as you involve your child in the steps and tasks of everyday living, both you and your child benefit.
You benefit because you are being helped with chores and activities you need to do every day and your child benefits by learning while doing those activities.
They will learn qualities and skills that will help them throughout their life. The development of qualities such as resourcefulness, patience, self-respect, self-reliance and manners. These are the direct results of spending time sharing life's jobs with you.
High self-esteem is one of the most important aspects of every person's personality. Your child's self-esteem will soar as he/she assists you. Their opinion of themselves will improve each time they see that you trust them and have faith in their abilities.
One of the important things when you teach your child life skills to remember is: Your child's self-esteem is a reflection of your beliefs in him/her.
Your reliance on their help goes a long way toward building their image of themselves as an independent, responsible person. The best thing you can do for you children is to enhance their image of themselves.
IT IS THE PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE IN THEMSELVES WHO SUCCEED IN LIFE!!
Boosting your child's self-esteem is probably one of your most important goals as a parent. This does not work by just telling your children that they are unique human beings, as everyone else is. Because if you tell your children that everyone is special in some way, how special can they be? The word "special" loses credibility when your children hear that "everyone is special".
Instead, if you tell your children that they are special because they have learned to change a tire, set the table, helped with the washing or could even balance their own finances, then you praise their credibility and this truly has meaning to them. When they master these skills and your accompanying acknowledgments will make them feel special, because they have learned a life skill. They actually earned praise because of something they have done and not just given to them because you are their parents and you love them. See 10 steps that can help boost your child's self-esteem.
When you as a parent learned to tune into the ways your children learn from you and the ways you can turn your daily life into learning opportunities the rest is easy. The key to teach your children life skills is to involve your children in your life as you live it. Include them in activities you may not normally think of as parent-child moments.
Cooking, cleaning, shopping and even paying the bills will provide the opportunities to teach your children life skills without taking time out to do these activities.
As parents who are working and especially single parents, there is less free time to teach children, so by involving your children in your life can be fun and very valuable for both you and your child. They grow as a person and you gain a great assistant that can help save you time.
Read more on how you can teach children life skills in part 3.
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