I’m a Mom with 4 kids and my oldest is 21 so that makes me a mom with experience. There are many important lessons kids should learn and I have to say that I’ve been meaning to talk about this for the last couple of weeks. I have been thinking about what Important lessons I taught my oldest and what I failed to teach him but I have 3 more children left at home that I get a do over to help teach them the important lessons I missed with my first. I have a few that I thought were great that I taught and what I missed the boat on.Of course there are probably 50 more lessons that I can add to this just because there is so much more that we hope to instill in our children. We only get one chance to get this right because once they are teenagers and start adulthood they learn things on their own.
1) Always make sure your children know you love them- This goes without saying, but you never know when your time here on earth is over and just knowing that you children know and Feel that you love them mines you’ll always be with them. In mind, heart and spirit.
2) Children need to know that you are not maid service. Cleaning is everyone’s job and everyone should pitch in. Start them when they are young they will grow up helping you out, and may even be less messier. (We can only hope!) I would suggest not attaching a reward to cleaning like an allowance because it’s been my experience that kids grow up expecting to receive money for doing chores it’s better they should just be expected to clean because they are member of the family not because your going to get paid.
3) Teach your children the importance of working. Nothing comes from sitting on your butt at home and being Lazy. Kids should learn that you have to get out there and bust your butt to earn an income, or if you can find a work that you love and not have to bust your butt and still earn cash it’s okay. But teaching children that it’s important to have a job to be a productive member of society and to earn the things that you need, want and keep your life respectable is so very important.
4) Knowledge is power. School and education is so important these days and your going to struggle without education. Help kids with homework, be a member of the PTA so you know what’s going on in school and try to be at and attend school functions. Expressing the importance of education will ensure that kids will stay in school and even go on to higher learning. Show by example! Nothing says you too can’t go back to school to learn a skill. I had to go back to college to learn the math that my son was being taught in 8th grade so I could help him with his homework. My son was the 1st child in our family to graduate from college. I’m so proud!
5) Respect- Your children need to respect other. Respect privacy. Respect one another. Respect their own bodies and their own things. Respect goes a long way and if you have children who are respectful you have a child with manners, too.
I can go on and on but these are the most important one’s I wanted to share.
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