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Our children are the future, and it’s our job to teach them the things that they need to know to keep the future bright. With so much to learn, how do we know what to prioritize? Here are five skills you definitely want to teach your child so that they will succeed in the future.
1. Financial planning
Arguably one of the most difficult parts of adulthood is managing money, especially when you don’t have a lot of it. Help your child budget their money by gradually giving them the control with how they want to spend their money. After one or two instances where they spent all their money irresponsibly, they will learn how to save very quickly! It’s also important to teach kids that people work for money, so only give allowance if they work for it.
2. Maintaining friendships
Many people lose friends after high school and college. People go their separate ways and end up losing touch. Teach children to call friends on important dates, support friends in their dreams, and maintain regular contact. Help your children understand that attitude is everything. It can be the difference between a friendship, job or other opportunity. Try to demonstrate these skills with your friends!
3. Basic computer skills
We live in a world controlled by technology. Your children will need to know basic computer skills to succeed in school, work, and society. Start with the basics, such as typing, navigation, vocabulary, and most importantly, internet safety. Luckily, most children today attain computer literacy rather quickly because of the world we live in. Don’t be afraid to ask your kids if you need help with computers yourself!
4. Sign language
Beyond being able to communicate with more people, sign language can come in handy in emergency situations and future employment opportunities. There are medical ASL signs that help health care providers communicate with patients. Similarly, knowing how to sign can help your child in their future job if they work directly with people.
5. Regular cleaning
Children should know how to clean, and they should know the importance of cleaning regularly. Encourage your children to clean up their own messes. Also, encourage children to help with larger cleaning jobs so that they know how to do them in the future. Teaching them good habits early will help them keep their home clean later in life. Remind them that cleaning is everyone’s responsibility, and they should happily assist in making their home look nice.
Children will grow into the person that they want to be, but we can definitely help point them in the right direction. Try these tips to help your children be happy adults.