Don’t Forget the Kids: Three Things Parents Forget to Teach

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Don't Forget the Kids Three Things Parents Forget to TeachRaising a child to adulthood is a significant responsibility that is marked with many challenges as well as rewards. Although most parents spend many hours with their children teaching important concepts, it is often easy to overlook some of the most simple life skills that can be used by your child for the rest of their life. Here, are three of the most important life lessons that you can teach your child along with a few tips for making sure that your child grows into a mature and capable adult.

Budgeting Money

Today, more people than ever before are falling into debt. Often, this begins as soon as a young adult moves out of their parents’ home and fails to manage their money. Parents can begin to teach their children about saving and spending as early as preschool by giving them a special place to store their money. As your child grows, help them to divide any money they earn through chores or from gifts into separate containers marked for savings, charity and spending. 

How to Swim

Learning how to swim is another important skill that your child will use throughout their life. In fact, taking swimming lessons to improve your child’s confidence in the water can save your child’s life. In swimming lessons, children will be taught about the importance of following water safety rules any time they are near a body of water. They will also be able to advance to new levels as they develop their skills. This can help to keep children motivated to improve their swimming ability every season when you sign them up for lessons.

Home and Auto Maintenance

In many homes, it is common for parents to rush through simple maintenance chores to get them done quickly. However, this means that parents miss out on a valuable opportunity to teach their child a lesson. Instead of hiring someone else or attempting to rush through your next list of chores, invite your child to watch or assist with simple projects such as changing out doorknobs or clearing debris from the yard.

Some of the most important life skills are those that we use every day without much thought. This can make it easy to overlook some of the most important life lessons that you should impart to your child while they are young. By focusing on helping your child learn how to manage money, swim and complete simple tasks, you will be setting them up for a successful transition into adulthood.

Author Bio: Annette Hazard is a freelance blogger that is promoting http://www.swimjim.com/loc-ny. She writes about family and parenting and is also a mother of one. 

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