As a parent, our role is to take care of our kiddos until the day when they can step out on their own. Sometimes it doesn’t even stop then. Now it’s great that when they graduate from high school they know how to read, write, math, and even dissect a frog……… but let’s get real here. There are some important skills that’s missing from a classroom. Before your child leaves home, ensure they are ready to fend for themselves and have a positive impact on the world. Take a moment to run down this list in no order of life skills your teen can highly benefit from.
1) Cultivate relationships.
Supportive relationships are vital to our health and wellbeing. The people in our lives are drawn to us and here are for a reason. It is through sharing experiences nurturing relationships with others that we begin to understand ourselves. Guide your teen on how to make friends, network and develop meaningful relationships.
2) Practice Mindfulness.
Live in the moment. Focus on the present moment and not live in the future. Cell phones seem to be shortening the average attention span. If we want our teen to understand the power of mindfulness, we need to lead by example. Give them your full attention when they are talking. Eat mindfully. This is something you can do as a family as well. Encourage your kiddo to take time eating meals, focus on the food. This makes us more appreciative of food and of the digestive process. There are plenty of ways to practice mindfulness.
3) Be assertive.
Contribute to developing confidence and a healthy self-esteem in your child. Encourage them to advocate for themselves. To speak and own their truth. Knowing how to
share their wants and needs will bring them closer to fulfilling their goals.
4) Face-to-Face interaction.
Is your teen more comfortable on social media than having a conversation in person? It’s easy to get caught up in hiding behind a computer or mobile device.
Express to them the importance of that in person interactions. That you can really get to know a person by connecting your energy. Hold regular family dinners where they can practice. When taking them to the store have them ask for what they are looking for. When going on doctor’s appointments encourage them to answer the questions themselves.
5) Belief System.
Most of our subconscious programming comes from the first seven years of our life. From the last trimester of pregnancy to age seven, we exist mostly in Theta brain wave space (a.k.a. hypnosis), which is the most receptive space for our subconscious mind. Hence why you hear “children are sponges” The values your child chooses will guide their behavior. Point them in a promising direction by ensuring they can articulate their beliefs and put them into action. So what are we feeding to the mindset of our children? Encourage your child to be themselves. Think for themselves. Get to their core authentic self.
There are plenty of other life and social skills that we all can benefit from. These are a few I wanted to share. We can ease our kids transition into adulthood. So, let’s protect them when they are young, and then gradually give them more responsibility so they can acquire the skills they need to live and operate independently in this world.