Keeping It Real MaMa
Life Lessons Every Parent Should Be Teaching Their Child / Children
Unfortunately nowadays the education system has stopped teaching many things to our children but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t continue the education they need to bring them through life. After all we are their first teacher .
Going back to our days in school the education taught us so much more. We had many different classes that offered us everyday education for everyday life. I can’t tell you how much I wanted to cry the day I brought my son to the D.M.V. to get his permit. The lady looked at him and told sign his name he looked at me and said print? Um no. Cursive.
Cursive writing is much needed for our children these days. Everything we do requires a signature. The opening of a bank account, signing a lease, signing to buy a house, signing for a car. So why did this stop being taught in our education system? This is only one of the many things that they stopped teaching our children.
This was a class we took in school to learn how to cook. Now while with or without this course in school I still teach my kids how to cook. Someone’s gotta teach them how to cook with real flavor. When their young you can start them off with basics like scrambling eggs or mixing cake batter and as theft get older get them into the stove to cook easy meals such as grilled cheese, eggs and other easy to make items.
Now wood shop may not be essential to everyone but it is a good skill to offer. They learn how to do basic building. I remember making picture frames and bird houses in wood shop. This definitely was one of my favorite courses in school. Coming from a family whom all worked co strict ion and also doing the same now I love to build. Teach them it's okay to build with their hands.
Education skills we didn’t have in school that I feel would be good for kids to learn early :
I’m not saying have your child balance your checkbook and pay your bills but definitely teach them money management. You are able to open a bank account for your child which is a minor account and it’s only a savings up until age 14 in most banks. Don’t quote me on this you will have to ask your local bank or the bank you currently use.
Another alternative is buying them a lock box to put money in and out of. The way to teach them with an account or a lockbox would be getting deposit and withdrawal slips whether from the bank or print them out. Every time they put money in have them fill out a deposit slip and add the previous balance with the amount they will be depositing. ( this also helps with math skills) and do the same when their taking money out. Have them fill out a withdrawal slip and minus their balance to the amount they are taking out.
Talk to them about the importance of credit and how to properly maintain their credit for when their older. Of course at a younger age they understand all of these things of credit but as they get older especially closer to legal age to use their credit you wanna coach them so they don’t have credit problems and can achieve their life goals without worry or struggle due to bad credit.
Basic Life skills such as how to change a tire or jump a car battery. When your child gets to the age of its time for my permit or license that’s when the constant can I get the keys to the car begins. No parent wants to worry that their child has caught a flat tire and now has to wait on the side of the road or highway for triple AAA or some roadside service to rescue them.
Reading scores are down in the U.S and I always see comments such as well that’s the teachers job to teach them. No. Wrong answer and as a parent I will say I don’t rely on just a teacher to teach my child. Again as I stated above we are their first teacher. I have always started teaching my kids at a young age.
If your child struggles with reading get them books so after school or before bed you can read a story together. As they get older the words get harder or they may not understand the meaning of some of the words their reading. Here’s a friendly parenting tip, also something I’ve also done with my kids. While their reading have them sit with a notebook and paper. The words they do t know I have them write down and later I give them the dictionary and have them write the definition. I take 10 words at a time depending on age and have them practice those words and meaning and after a week I will test them. There is no such thing as teaching these young mind's too much.
If we don't prepare them for the real world who will? Credit collectors? Repo Banks? Courts? Teach them financial stability. Teach them how to make their own meal and change their own tire. Trust me in the end they will be thanking you.