Before your child faces the real world or even goes to school all by himself, there are some important things you can teach your child on your own. After all, education starts right at home. Teach your child these important things and you can be sure that they can face anything more positively and with much hope:
Creativity - Your kids are naturally curious and you should not take that for granted. They would observe you and note the little things that you do. You can teach your child to solve things more creatively, to create their own gifts, even decorate their own rooms if they want some things and it or they want it changed. Help stimulate their minds by coaxing them to do the good things that they actually like doing. Let them do fun activities inside the home.
Independence - One of the most important values you can teach your child is independence. You need to make them realize that they are free to make their own decisions and do whatever it is that they really like so long as it does not hurt other people or cause anything bad. When you teach your child how to be independent, you also help him build up his self-confidence. He begins to appreciate himself and realize that he has the power to create things and do things for himself.
Respect for the elders – Teach your child to respect people, especially his elders, even if they are not their relatives. This is the most basic of all good manners. You are the one who can make them realize that there is a fine line that separates them from friends and of course, their elders whom they should treat with respect. This also helps them understand the need to be obedient and to behave when their elders tell them so. You also need to teach them how not to butt in when their elders talk with each other.
Saving up – Money matters is an important thing to teach your child. At an early age they should be able to appreciate every penny spent. This is also a way for you to keep them from being spoiled by letting them understand that they can’t have everything they want. An important thing that this value also teaches your child is hard work and patience. You can let them have their very own coin bank which they can fill up with the excess of their allowance. You can also motivate them to save up for things that they like to have.
More than anybody else, you should teach your child all of these things and more because you are their first teacher. They model their behavior based from what you do and what you tell them as good and bad. This is why, aside from teaching them these things, you also need to be mindful of your own personality and behavior because your kids will think that whatever it is that you do must be the right thing.