Although your children can learn to read and write at school, there are many beneficial life skills that schools rarely provide. These are skills that all adults and children should have.
If you or anyone you know really struggles with life, odds are that there is a lack of expertise in one of these areas. That’s how important they are!
Teaching your children these skills will benefit them throughout their lives:
1. Asking questions. If you can’t figure out something that’s important to you, you can save yourself a lot of grief by asking questions of the appropriate person. You can also learn a lot by exploring and asking yourself questions.
2. The ability to solve problems. Life is full of challenges. Figuring out how to be successful in school, navigating through a new job, making the basketball team: these are all common challenges we must solve. Life is less intimidating when you learn processes that help you conquer challenges, whatever they may be.
·Avoid the temptation to solve your children’s challenges for them. Let them strive to figure solutions out on their own.
3. Finding a passion and love working on it. No one ever trained us to go out and find the things that really excite and motivate us. Society tends to teach us that "working and having a job stinks, so you’d better get used to it." However, it doesn’t have to be that way! Everyone should have something they are passionate about and enough sense of independence to attach to it. Working in our passion allows us to love work.
4. Independence. Children need to be nurtured to become more and more independent as they grow up. Strive to increase your child’s independence a little bit at a time.
5. Being content when alone. Some children are incapable of spending even 15 minutes without the attention of others. As children grow up, they learn to attach to other things to find contentment. Buying silly things, the Internet, food, video games, and more can all become addictions in their own way to avoid being alone. Adults are no different.
There is a great power in being able to amuse yourself. It makes life easier, with fewer destructive temptations.
6. Compassion and Empathy. The ability to work well with others and control our own anger is directly tied to our ability to be compassionate and empathetic toward others. Strive to be more compassionate in your everyday life and teach your children the same. Being compassionate is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself. It also teaches your children to get their mind off themselves. They will find greater happiness when they are thinking of others.
7. Dealing with change. Change is one of the few constants in life. Those who can be flexible and deal with change effectively are much more successful and happier than those who can’t. Help your child to learn to deal with change and you’ll be doing them a huge favor.
Schools teach us many things but they don’t teach us everything. These necessary skills that aren’t taught in school can be more valuable than anything we learn during our formal education. Check yourself and your child for the presence of these skills. Your lives will be much better for it.