No parent will ever tell you that raising a child is easy. To the contrary, this might be one of the most important tasks you’ll ever have in life.
It is solely up to the parents to bring up a healthy, thoughtful and independent child that can learn the basic principles of life. So, if you’re wondering which lessons your ten year old should have already learnt by now, read on:
- Have respect for others
One of the first things your child needs to learn is how to treat others with the respect every human deserves. This means general accepting of a person’s gender, age, race or religious background. This also means teaching your kid to be kind, generous, helpful and thoughtful.
- Mistakes are allowed
Mistakes are essential part of every person’s life, since without them we wouldn’t be able to learn. Tell your child that by trying, failing and then trying again, progress is actually made, which is nothing to be scared off.
Courage and a leap of faith are essential, so make sure your child knows this- the sooner, the better.
- Knowledge surpasses grades
Education and collecting information that’ll serve you in life is the most valuable thing you can teach your child. One ‘B’ is not the end of the world, but taking everything in and applying it- now, that’s worth plenty.
- You are here for your child
Parents have the habit of unintentionally alienating themselves from their children. However, it is good that your children know you are the parent and not their high-school friend.
This, however, does not mean that you will never stand by them. Quite the opposite, you will be the rock they can rely on every time.
- Learn to stand up for yourself
Building a character can be essential for your child’s development and independence. It is important for children to know that their opinions matter and to be unafraid of stating them to the world, without being judged.
- Peers will be peers
Regardless of what your child’s peers might be doing, it is essential you teach him or her that doing what everyone else is doing is not a rule to live by.
Although we all feel the need to fit in, standing out can be more beautiful, especially if it doesn’t drag you into problems at the same time. No one needs anyone else’s approval to be great.
- Ask Questions
Children need to ask question, because it is how they learn and how they stay curious and excited about life. For that purpose, you need, as parents, to come equipped with answers and teach your children to always wonder before accepting things just as they are.
- Care for the environment
The environment must become a concept your children must understand from early on. That’s why it is crucial your children learn how to protect the environment instead of causing it harm.
- Health reports
Allow your children the option to come to you if they’re feeling under the weather. Although this might not indicate a serious health problem, it is better being safe than sorry. This comes in handy when your children are around other adults, so encourage them to open up.
- Learn To Say “No”
Children need to understand that saying ‘No’ is not a terrible thing to do from time to time. Actually, by holding your ground and placing limits, you teach your child to be his or her own person, which later on results in a well-built character.
This way, no one will ever take advantage of you children once they become adults.