As parents, we always want the best for our children. Sometimes, it’s hard to know how to achieve that. Aside from showering them with love, nurturing their health, teaching them right from wrong, and ensuring they have a happy life, it’s not always easy to know what else you can do.
But, as a Mum, you can also do you part in teaching them about life. Think about how you know how to live and look after yourself. Did your parents teach you, or did you pick it up on your own? Either way, it’s never too early to start sharing your wisdom. The best of all is that you can do it from the comfort of your property.
First up, let’s think about the kitchen. There’s so much that you can teach your children to prepare them for adult life – even when they’re small. So many young adults leave home without any real cooking skills, making it so much harder for them ever to learn. But you can make sure that your children can survive on their own, by getting them involved with what you’re doing on a regular basis.
Cook with them as often as you can. As your children get older, you can even promote them from chief ingredient measurer, to potato peeler, and then on to sous chef too! By doing so, you’re not only teaching them the skills they need to cook, but also all about nutrition and the work that goes into preparing each and every meal you make.
You can also get out into the garden with your kids to educate them in a few different ways. Just like teaching them how to cook and having a good diet, you can also show them where food comes from. Why not grow your own vegetables or fruit trees in your back garden? You can teach them how to nurture plants and how putting effort in can provide you with endless rewards. Not only will they see how much work it takes to be self-sufficient, but they might also think differently about eating everything on their plate!
Being outside can also teach your children about hard work. They will start to see that food isn’t free or an entitlement, it’s something you work for. A good work ethic is something we all want our children to have.
If you have a home office or work from home, you can also start to share your business insights with your children – no matter how old they are. Teaching them about work will help them to see how vital certain skills are. You can educate them on the value of money and the time and effort that goes into running your own business and working in general.
When your children are teenagers, you can even start to teach them the vital skills that they might need in the working work, especially if they are skills you use on a regular basis, like communication, empathy, networking and even money management.
Having well-rounded, well-prepared and insightful children doesn’t have to be unattainable. It just means that you’ll have to use your knowledge and experience, alongside a bit of patience, to show them how the world works.
Disclosure: this is a collaborative post, all opinions are my own.
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