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Raising a child is more than raising and caring for. As a parent you also want to give your child important life lessons. Here are 16 important life lessons to teach your kids.
1- It’s okay to make mistakes
Every person makes mistakes. Children too, including your child. The most important thing is that you let your child know that it is okay to make mistakes.
No one is perfect and it is okay to fail. Approach it positively if your child makes a mistake: they learn from it and it increases their self-confidence.
We all make mistakes and are all cranky at times. By showing your child that you are also not perfect, you are sending an important message.
Also, don’t be negative about the behavior of other people around your child. Rather explain to your child that everyone makes mistakes and sometimes does not have their day.
2- Never give up
If you believe in something, you have to go for this. Whatever others say or how difficult it is to get there. Do you give this to your child; nothing or no one can stop him if he soon chases his dreams.
3- Trust your feeling
Choices based on your gut feeling are often the right choices. Therefore, teach your child to listen to this feeling and make choices based on his intuition.
4- Provide a tidy environment
A tidy environment ensures a tidy head. This means clearing toys in the toy box and craft supplies after use. Now your child may reluctantly clean up his things, but later he will be grateful for this simple but important lesson.
5- Only deal with people who give you energy
It is important for your child to know that ‘energy guzzlers’ are not worth dealing with. Therefore, teach your child to choose friends who give him energy and with whom he feels good and can be himself.
6- Dare to say no
Teach your child to set their limits and say “no.” You simply cannot satisfy everyone. By saying “no” every now and then, your child will show respect for himself and others will also respect him.
7- You are in charge of your own life
Of course, your child will also encounter things in his life that he has not chosen. But what he does with it and how he deals with it is his own choice. Every person determines his own path.
Make sure your child finds a way to relax. Something he can fall back on when life is hectic and things don’t go the way he wants. Whether it is a sport or drawing; stimulate the activities that relax your child.
9- Eat healthy
A tricky eater can put your patience to the test. However, it is important that you teach your child to choose healthier options such as fruits, vegetables and salads in his youth.
Childhood eating habits are a blueprint for your adult eating habits. Therefore, limit processed foods such as chips, sodas and products full of salt and sugar. And make it a habit to offer tomatoes as a snack, for example.
10- Life is a journey
Life consists of highs and lows, exciting moments and dull periods. Explain to your child that life is just like a journey, and it is precisely this variety that makes life exciting and rewarding. Because who doesn’t love to travel?
11- Things are not always fun or easy. And that’s okay.
Explain to your child that whether you are big or small, there will always be things to do. Homework, a family obligation; it’s all part of it. Not fun, but sometimes you just have to do something you don’t feel like.
12- Live in the moment
School, homework , friends, gaming and sports: children are a bit busy. So busy that they sometimes forget to live in the moment. Well, sometimes they are just big people…
Teach your child to enjoy the moment by consciously reflecting on small things like a bird flying by or naming how you enjoy a moment when you do something fun with your child.
13- Be grateful
Being grateful is a good habit, for both adults and children. It starts with the basics: say please and thank you. Teach your child to be friendly to others.
Don’t spoil him too much, because that’s the way to feed ungrateful behavior. Instead, let him earn things, such as chores. In this way you make a connection between effort and reward.
And finally, show gratitude yourself. Taking a moment every day to list three things with your child that you are happy with is a good way.
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14- You are who you think you are
Teach your child how to be caring, confident and positive. Talk to your child about how he sees himself. That gives you the opportunity to boost his self-confidence, for example if he is unsure about something.
A child with low self-confidence can be teased more easily. A healthy self-image helps your child during studying and working life; and if he later has children himself.
Do not talk negatively about yourself in front of your child, it will teach him that it is okay to bring yourself down.
15- Treat others the way you want to be treated yourself
Humans are selfish by nature. You can see that in the behavior of children: they want something, they want it now, they only want it for themselves and everything and everyone has to make way for that.
To adjust this behavior, you must guide your child in this. Teach him that the world is not only about him and his needs and that other children and people also have needs.
Teach him to treat other people kindly and humanely, that is, be kind to others. Because as grandpa and grandma say: who does good, meets well.
In a world of smartphones and tablets, it can be challenging to teach children how important it is to move and be active. Exercise is critical for growing children.
Therefore, encourage play and exercise by making it fun. Go out together, walk to your child’s favorite playground. For a sport, look further than football or hockey: there are so many great sports for children nowadays.
A children’s party is also a great way to get in touch with movement – think of an (indoor) play paradise, a climbing hall or a nice ‘old-fashioned’ swim.
Raising children is a real challenge. There are so many things you want to teach your children. As long as you regularly emphasize these 16 life lessons to them, you will be fine.
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