Lessons can always be learned in life, no matter your age. The best lessons are the ones that start off fun, only to end in a complete and utter mess; those are the ones from which you learn the most. Funny enough, they usually seem to revolve around the college years. If you prepare your children for those life lessons, they’re never going to believe you. You won’t want to tell them how you found out the hard way, and everyone has to make mistakes themselves. It’s part of growing up. However, teaching your child the basics of being a courteous human being in society could prevent some of the messier life lessons learned down the road. Here are some important basics that every mother should teach her child.
15 How to Be Friends With the Opposite Sex
Especially true for those who have daughters, teaching your children to be friends with the opposite sex--and not just pine over them--is an important lesson every mother should teach her child. Girls often see that the male friendships they may make are only there for relationship and romantic purposes. Instead, teach her that being friends can be just as great with a boy as it is with a girl, and leave the fairy tale prince to Disney.
14 The Basics of Etiquette
Using basic manners is a lesson parents should teach their children. Never mind proper etiquette at a formal dining table (although, that's something that should be taught down the road), just starting with basic manners that make all humans acceptable to interact with each other is a great lesson to teach your children. Once a child learns to talk, start them off with ‘please’ and ‘thank-you’. Nothing is worse than a bratty child who doesn’t know how to use the word ‘please’.
13 Always Be Truthful
Your child will learn on their own how to tell a lie; they don’t need you to reinforce this. Teach them from their youngest years to always be truthful in everything they say. No one likes a liar in life or anyone who knows how to twist the truth for their own ambition. Teaching your child to tell the truth, no matter the circumstances, may not curb them from lying to you in their teenage years but it’ll start them down the right path.
12 Stranger Danger!
Who hasn’t learned about Stranger Danger? Now more than ever, stranger danger holds more truth. No one is willing to talk to others on the street, even full-on adults. By being shut away from society on social media, those who strike up a conversation with you may be the creepiest of all, or they may be the most friendly. While making your child become the most unfriendly kid on the playground isn’t key, letting them know not to talk to strangers (mainly grown men in white vans) is an important lesson to teach them early on.
11 Treating Others How You Would Want to Be Treated
Your mother probably gave you the age-old wisdom of treating those how you want those to treat you. So, why not pass that down to your child? As our society heads towards the more tolerable, teaching your child to be kind to others, no matter who they are, is a no-brainer. Bring awareness to those with special needs (as it may be their confusion as to why they can’t do certain things than plain meanness), those with disabilities, or anyone who is part of the LGBTQ community. Does the race card even need to be brought up in this day and age?
10 How to Ride a Bike
Okay, so this isn’t a great ‘life lesson’ but it’s a great lesson to be taught to all children. As more and more children think to stay indoors and play video games or sit on their brand-new iPhone or iPad, getting outdoors and being active is a great way to teach your children to take care of their bodies. And what better way to get active as a kid than to ride your bike around the block a few times, or down to the convenience store with your favorite buds?
9 Admit When You’re Wrong
This is probably the hardest lesson anyone has to learn in life. There are still so many adults out there that can’t even do this, and you may be guilty of it. No judgment, it’s a hard one to master. Teaching your child to admit when they’re wrong is a great lesson to teach, as they will be able to learn from their mistakes and realize when they’re the ones to blame in certain situations.
8 Independence Is Key
Independence is a struggle everyone feels. But, as the singleton movement marches on, those who go at life independently can be seen as courageous, which is true. It’s hard to do a lot of things in life alone, even just going to the movies, grocery shopping, or having a bite to each. Teach your child to be independent and not rely on others, helping shape them to be a better adult later on in life.
7 How to Change a Tire
Seriously. Raise your hand if you don’t know how to change a tire on your car but you drive it to work every day and out for groceries or activities or soccer practice. Basic car maintenance should be known by all who own a car. If your little one isn’t old enough to even think of driving, file this lesson away until their age comes. No one wants to be stuck on the side of a highway out of cell phone range and not know how to do something as simple as change a car tire.
6 School Is Priority Number One
Teach your child to work hard, especially when it comes to their schoolwork. They may hate school and fight you back on this but while they’re still children, school is their job and their job is to learn. By working hard at school, they’ll learn to work hard at everything in life, especially when it comes to the job field.
5 Help Your Neighbor
Always teach your child to help out those in need. It could be as simple as helping a neighbor mow their lawn, or shovel their driveway, or it could be on a larger scale like helping out charities or flood/fire victims. Regardless, teach your child to help their neighbors, no matter where they are in the world. A lot of people are afraid to stop for anything nowadays, in case they turn out to be a crazy ax murderer. Fair. But, when you stop to help someone in need, they’ll remember you for the rest of their life, and will most likely pass it on.
4 Confidence Is a Must
Confidence is a must when teaching your children great lessons. Although this may be hard for you to teach as confidence is hard to keep at all times, explaining to your child what confidence does for the body and mind is a great starting point. If you’re feeling low and think your confidence needs a boost, help yourself first and bring that lesson on to your children. You can even tell them that you don’t feel confident all the time but it’s important to trust and love yourself.
3 Savings Are Important
Saving money is hard. Saving money when you’re a kid is even harder. Your child is sure to come across some money, whether it’s from chores, from the grandparents, or from a lemonade stand. Teach your child how to save their money and help them spend it wisely. Not letting them spend it frivolously is a great way to teach them how far money goes and the value of a dollar.
2 Tragedies Are Unavoidable
Tragedies come in all different forms. It could be a death in the family, a sickness, stolen money or goods, or a small tragedy like not getting the newest video game console. Whatever the tragedy, teach your child how to react and deal with these things. A lot of parents are nervous to tell their children tragedies and instead, shelter them from everything. Try teaching them that a tragedy is a normal occurrence in life but it’s one they can overcome.
1 Respect Yo’ Elders!
Respecting anyone goes a long way in society, but respecting those who are older and wiser than you is always a great form of manners. A lot of people believe that they’re the smartest and most talented people on Earth, and ignore the advice of those who are older. Teach your child to always respect adults and to respect everyone around them.