As a mom, you're your child's first teacher. You teach them how to walk, eat, brush their teeth, and more. But there are many other important things to teach your kids that are about more than day-to-day functioning.
Ideally, we want our children to grow up to be successful, self-sufficient, and happy adults. Being a child and learning important life lessons holds the key to personal fulfillment, and this is necessary to navigate happily and healthily through life. As life can be regarded as a journey where you never stop learning, it can be overwhelming as to what lessons you would like to teach your children. Here are 10 life lessons to teach your kids while they're young.
10 Be In The Now
Children are naturally great at being in the moment, which is something that all parents could learn a thing or two about. As children grow older, their focus shifts to tasks and commitments that seem more pertinent than enjoying the world around them.
Many people claim that remaining in the now helps them feel happier, less anxious, and more mindful. Studies show that adults who remain present are more effective in making difficult decisions and their critical thinking skills are stronger. When you're level-headed, you can be receptive to those around you and be truly happy.
9 Make The People You Love A Priority
At the end of the day, would all your effort and dedication you've put forward into life be worth it if it weren't for your loved ones? Would you feel content being alone if it would mean you could have any materialistic item you desired? Chances are, you'd probably wouldn't opt for the solitude.
Unconditional love for your children, your spouse, close friends, and family members can be one of the most vulnerable yet rewarding emotions you can experience. To be content in your life, and to have a purpose, you should always make the people that you love a priority.
8 Learn From Your Mistakes
There are so many adults who are jaded in life. They're resentful toward people or the world for "doing them wrong." Although this is a common concept that many people believe, having this mindset will never make you happier.
It's important to teach your child that "the world owes them nothing." Mistakes are an essential part of learning, and blaming others will never encourage emotional growth. If you teach your kids this lesson from a young age, you will gift your child with a great perspective, along with the ability to solve problems.
7 Chase Adventure And Happiness... Not People Or Things
In a material world, our children can be easily consumed by the latest gadgets, fashionable accessories, or current trends. With social media being so accessible to children at younger ages, their perception of self and confidence can be quickly diminished.
Knowing their own self-worth from a young age, through adventure and discovery, can be a powerful tool when aiding to foster healthy perceptions. When children realize that chasing people and things are meaningless in the grand scheme of life, while making memories and gaining knowledge is priceless, overall contentment is attainable.
6 There is Always A Tomorrow
Resilience is a coping skill we hope our children will learn without them having to endure grief or strenuous amounts of stress. However, we know it is impossible to shield our children from the horrors we imagine are waiting for them in the world, so how does one teach their child to recover when life knocks you down?
The life lesson that "there is always a tomorrow" can feel encouraging when life gets tough. Reminding them they have a 100% success rate of surviving hard days shows them that they can be resilient and get through it.
5 You Can't Control What Others Do, Only Your Reaction
Another important life lesson to teach your child at a young age is you will never be able to control what others do and you can only control how you react.
So many of us have trouble letting go of control when people or situations treat us unfavorably. However, without jeopardizing your own values or tolerating being mistreated, it's important to be self-aware of your own actions. If you can assess a situation while being aware of your thought processes and biological, emotional, and mental responses, that's a great skill. You teach your kids this skill from an early age and they will be able to practice and nearly perfect it.
4 Failure Means Being Courageous Enough To Try
How does one accurately measure failure? Does it mean not being successful in trying something new? Is it striving to complete an action but being met with rejection or resistance? What does failing mean to you as a parent?
Adults, just like children, are quickly discouraged by the word failure. However, failure is something we all experience in order to learn or move forward in our lives. As a parent, we know how important it is to encourage our children to be courageous when trying new things. For example, going to school for the first time or riding a bike can all be new things that a kid can try. Teach your kid not to fear failure and remind them that they're so brave for trying. This is a motivating life lesson that we could all be reminded of.
3 Live Your Truth
All of us are unique. Whether you are spiritual or not, most of us would agree that we weren't made to fit inboxes. All of your quirks, talents, deficits, influences, mannerisms, and interests are some of the characteristics that make up who you are. Your child is a person with her own characteristics who deserves to shine as brightly as anyone else.
In a world of filters or unrealistic projections of how we should be, you can teach your kid the life lesson that they should live their truth. This is one of the most important life lessons that you can teach your kids while they're young. They are perfect and whole just the way they are, and in order for them to be truly happy in life, they need to know that they shouldn't hide who they really are.
2 Self-Care Is Important
If you want your child to be happy, stay healthy, and have meaningful relationships with others when they grow into an adult, they should practice self-care from a young age. We know to take care of our physical health we need to exercise, drink water, and eat healthily. Yet with the focus of health now shifting to include the importance of mental health as well, teaching your child that taking care of themselves mentally and emotionally is extremely imperative as well.
Practicing self-care as a parent is the easiest way of influencing this habit onto your children. It's teaching your child how they feel on the inside matters just as much as what is on the outside. It also teaches that it's okay for them to have low or imperfect days, but what matters most is what they do to make themselves feel better.
1 It's The Journey That Counts
If you were to add up all the mistakes you've made in the past, including being able to undo moments you could have behaved differently, wouldn't you feel overwhelmed and filled with regret? If you were to list all of your achievements or moments in life that made you proud, wouldn't that reflection make you feel motivated and confident?
A life lesson a mother can teach her child from a young age is the importance of mindset and perspective. Considering how much progress one makes throughout their journey (life), rather than every teeny tiny mistake, is much more satisfying. Reminding your child that every mistake is a drop in a bucket compared to what they could accomplish with the rest of their life is a powerful encouragement.