As hands-on parents, there are many things we would like our children to learn. In this fast-paced world full of wonder, danger, and technology, it would be a miracle if we can teach them everything they need to lead a successful life. As parents, our goal is to equip our children with the knowledge they can carry to be ready for the future.
Children are not so easy to teach nowadays. They are easily distracted. We are truly living in the information age. They are endlessly bombarded with various information we can’t control regularly.
We can’t teach preadolescents everything. However, we must equip them with the fundamental things that all kids must know to survive adulthood. Being a kid nowadays is no easy task. With tidbits of information here and there, we can help them get ready for the probable future they might face.
Safety Is Priority
Above almost everything else, safety should be one of the first few things you must imbibe with your younglings. Parting knowledge on what to do and how to ask for help in dangerous situations is key to future survival. A no-nonsense and frank course on the consequence of not being safety conscious should be conducted with your children. There are around 350 abductions of persons below the age of 18 in the U.S.A. every year. In comparison, there are around 800,000 cases of missing children annually. The kidnapping incidents are averaging around 2000 cases a day. Teaching your children safety lessons and what to do when they are kidnapped may save their lives if the inevitable happens.
Health Is Wealth
Their health education should always be prioritized while they are still young. The temptation of junk food and unhealthy beverages begins at an early age. Around four in every ten Americans are obese in 2020. The rate has almost doubled compared to 2008. Taking care of one’s health will reduce the future problems they will face as they grow older. It is integral that even when they do not have the time, they must make time for exercise. It is also important that they keep up their intake of healthy food and liquids to maintain a healthy and happy lifestyle.
Wealth Is Still Wealth
Financial education is very crucial for children. It is only recently that financial education is integrated into the basic education system. Simple accounting and economics must be taught even at a young age and at home. Imparting wisdom on how the banking system works and how you must account for what you have and what you are paying for is integral. They should learn early on how hard it is to earn money and how easy it is to lose it. Opening a bank account online will give them the leeway to save up for their future if they choose to. Doing these activities as a family is a fun exercise that can help them eventually in the future.
Independence Is Necessary for Growth
Letting them go might be hard for some parents. However, they must be separated from us and be allowed to do things on their own to grow. Independence is necessary for your preadolescent’s growth. Entrusting with activities like going to a bank, registering for a school activity, or paying for their own clothes is essential for them to learn how to be alone. Millions of people struggle with anxiety and mental illnesses. Scientists point their fingers at how children were raised. As we move forward as a society, we must remember and learn from past mistakes. Giving your children space is deemed healthy. Unless the situation is dire, you need to learn to let them go.
Learning how your pre-teen communicates is necessary. To move forward in life, you need to explore with them which communication style they are most comfortable with. Everybody is built differently. Some people are naturally outgoing. However, most are apparently not. Some people have extreme anxiety issues when it comes to expressing themselves. Exploring with your children in which communication style they are most comfortable with, you can work on the other aspects of communication they deem to be taking a hard time. Eventually, with enough practice, they will be able to overcome such a problem.
Rearing your children to become the best they can be a difficult task. Children are inherently different. However, as parents, we should equip them with the proper tools to survive the harsh 21st century. With enough determination, love, and patience, you can prepare them appropriately for the possible problems they will encounter.