Your children will learn all kinds of lessons when they’re growing up, be that from the subjects that form the basis for their curriculum education, or from the everyday life lessons that can be found outside of the classroom environment.
And in terms of the latter, some of these lessons will happen quite naturally. However, there are also life lessons that you can teach in your role as a parent, and you will put your children onto good paths by doing so.
How to teach life lessons
There are all kinds of ways to teach your children life lessons.
Books are always useful, so in your reading time with your children, you might want to consider our recent favourite picture books if you have little ones at home. With lessons such as fairness and sharing, you can relate these stories to real-world situations in your children’s lives. Be sure to use more age-appropriate books for your older children, of course.
Another way to teach life lessons is through role play. So, you might play dress up with your kids once in a while, and create scenarios that stimulate thought and discussion about the lessons you want your children to learn.
Life lessons can be learned in movies too, so follow the link to pick up a few ideas for the movie nights you have at home. And then there are games, YouTube videos, and good old-fashioned conversations that can convey life lessons to your children.
Of course, you are bound to have your own ideas on teaching your children, so be sure to share them with us.
Life lessons to teach your children
To list every life lesson here would be impossible, as they are too numerous to count. However, we have picked out a few that we think are particularly useful, so use our ideas for inspiration.
#1: Money doesn’t grow on trees
We know that money doesn’t grow on trees, but do your children? Are they also aware that you’re not a walking, talking ATM? The sooner they know where money comes from, the better. The lessons you teach might then limit the demands they place on you as a parent when you’re shopping with them at the supermarket, and they might also set them up for a better financial future.
So, you should teach your children the lesson that money needs to be earned. You can demonstrate this at home by giving your children extra pocket money when they do their chores.
And when your children start to earn money of their own, you can talk to them about the importance of saving it. Your younger children might have then have the incentive to do so should they want particular games or books. And if you have teenage children who still need to learn this lesson, you can remind them that they will one day have the means to buy a car, a house, and the finest engagement rings money can buy if they save rather than squander the money they earn.
For more on this lesson, check out these books that will help your children learn more about money. Happy reading!
#2: Treat others how you want to be treated
Respect isn’t the default setting for many children. They forget to say please and thank you. They throw tantrums when they don’t get their own way. If somebody says or does something that they don’t agree with, they lash out, verbally or physically. They treat other people badly and then get upset when others treat them the same way.
Therefore, teach your children about respect. Let them know that they are more likely to be treated better themselves if they show kindness, politeness, and care to others. In the short term, these lessons will be of benefit to your children when they are mixing with their friends. And in the long-term, these lessons will benefit your children in college, work, and relationship situations.
Check out these useful activities that teach respect, and use a few of them with your children.
#3: Failure does not define who you are
Like us, our children aren’t perfect, and there will be times when they fail. It’s important to remind your children that failure is okay and that they shouldn’t let it define who they are. Let them know that it’s what they do next that matters, such as persevering after their failed attempts or focussing more on what they are good at rather than the things they aren’t.
These kid’s books on coping with failure will help you to illustrate some important points, so pick up a few for your children. And when you’re playing games with your children, or when their team loses on the sports fields, remind them of these points if they don’t win. By doing so, your children will develop a healthier self-esteem, and this will serve them well in life in the months and years to come.
We have only listed a few life lessons here, but we hope they were useful to you. Let us know what you think, and if you have any other suggestions for our readers, be sure to share them with us!