Teach your kids these life skills and they would thank you for it later on in life. Read here for more!
#1 Get them to read regularly
Introduce your kids to the world of books early on in life. Whether it is preparing for exams, building vocabulary or plain imagination – they would have it all. Books can be the truest of friends and it is more than just a saying. They give knowledge and wisdom and opens up the mind incredibly. Get them interested through a library close to your home. Talk about the fascinating character of a book. Discuss a must read a book, get them interested early on in life.
#2 Get them to play
Being physically active is more important for kids these days. Sedentary lifestyle diseases like diabetes knows no age. Get your kids to play outside of the home- a community garden will do just fine. Get them to learn to swim, run or skate – just keep them active.
#3 Get them to eat healthy
Kids learn more from our actions than our words. Eat healthy at home yourself. Do not cook special meals for kids. Get them to eat what is being served at home for everyone else. Include green leafy veggies and fruits as part of the diet. They would thank you later in life for their good eating habits. You can encourage it by discussing the nutritional value of the veggies. For instance – if you have cooked spinach- the conversation goes like “Popeye loves spinach! Do you know why? Because it gives him loads of power. It has iron and vitamin A that makes our skin glow and eyes strong.”
#4 Get them to do their share of work
Do not do everything for them. Let them get their own glass of water, drop dirty clothes to the washing machine, tidy up their rooms after playing and so on. They would learn to be responsible for their things and be more independent. Set rules in the house like – “You can watch television once you put your toys away!”
#5 Get them to help in the kitchen
Kids need to learn how painstakingly and lovingly food is prepared. Get them to help you out in the kitchen. They would also love to eat what they help prepare! That kills two birds with the same stone! Knowing how to prepare simple meals is a life skill. Later on in their life when they leave home for education or job it would be a boon to them.