You probably know that it’s important to teach your kids to read and write. Most parents also sign their kids up for extracurricular activities to enhance their skills. However, it’s important to teach uncommon skills to your children so they will have the knowledge to navigate situations that might arise.
Surviving in the wilderness is something kids in rural communities are more likely to learn. Today, more people live in urban areas where they aren’t faced with wilderness challenges, and teaching kids how to survive in a terrain they never have to navigate isn’t something most parents do. However, these skills should still be taught to kids because you never know what situation they will find themselves in and what they will need to know. It’s good for kids to know how to build fires, obtain drinkable water, and recognize which foods they can forage to eat.
You probably see the same signs every day and don’t have to think too hard to know what they mean. Kids don’t have this information, so when they see signs with pictograms on factories or trucks, they have no way of interpreting them. You could save their lives by talking to your kids about how to read signs. Kids need to know about the common pictograms that might be found around buildings or factories. These signs often warn of hazardous materials or tell people they shouldn’t enter. Make sure you include this when teaching common road signs to your children so they have a complete understanding of what all the symbols mean.
Young children are usually fascinated by plants and how they grow. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always lead to adults teaching them how to plant seeds, grow them, transfer them, and tend a garden. This skill is important, and it’s a way for kids to learn about the planet they inhabit. With the decrease in the bee population, it’s a good idea to teach children why plants are essential to the life cycle and what we’d lose without them and the insects they interact with. Even if you don’t have a large backyard for a huge garden, you can still plant something and teach your kids why the process is important.
Don’t stop at teaching your child to brush their teeth or ride a bike. Take time to remember that there are a myriad of experiences we should give our children the opportunity to learn from. Offer to help them master some of these more uncommon skills that will help them throughout their journey.
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