It goes without saying that being a successful mother requires a broad and demanding set of skills. From cooking to discipline to nappy changing, there’s a lot to know. Being a mother means that there’s even less time at the end of the day that you can spend learning what you need to know, and children don’t come with an instruction manual.
But whether you’re expecting or already sending the little ones to football practice, there are some things that you need to know how to do. Having these skills will ensure that you’re able to stand tall and know that you’ve taken care of yourself while dedicating your time to those you love.
Here are four life skills that every mother should have ready at their disposal.
Being Able To Say No
If you’re able to reason with your children and get them to understand what is right and wrong without raising your hand, you know you’re doing it right. The main reason most parents can’t get their children in line without getting physical is their lack of ability to simply say “no.”
It all comes down to knowing that you are in charge. It’s your children’s obligation to obey your orders when it’s in their best interests. The more often you remain stern, the less often you’ll have to in the future.
Protecting Your Children’s Privacy Online
This modern phenomenon wouldn’t even be a concern a few years ago but today, your digital privacy is more important than ever – your kids included. There are numerous “smart” monitoring devices and interactive, cloud-connected toys marketed towards children.
While these futuristic designs and features may be impressive, many hold dark secrets. It’s not uncommon to see smart devices publicised for data breaches or leaks where personal information has been shared with the wrong people.
In other words, be mindful of what you buy your kids these days and ensure that when they are online, they’re safe from any malicious activity.
Basic First Aid
Kids are clumsy creatures. No matter how safe you try to keep them, they’re bound to injure themselves every once in a while. Being able to immediately tend to their injuries and prevent further damage is extremely important. The last thing you want to be doing is sit and panic while the medics are on their way.
First aid training courses aren’t difficult to come across and can be learned by anyone, regardless of prior medical knowledge.
Saving For Their Future
If you aren’t aware of it already, kids aren’t cheap to have around. Before you know it, they’ll have grown to the point where they need the same things you’ve needed in life. An education, a car, a home and a plethora of other necessities. Open a savings account from day one and invest as much as you can before the big costs come up.
What’s detailed above is by no means comprehensive and there is still a lot you need to know as a mother. But don’t panic. It will all come with time and it isn’t necessary to know everything from the get-go. I’m still learning every day and each age brings different challenges.
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