8 Great Life Lessons to Teach Your Kids
Raising children is one of the toughest, yet most rewarding things you can do in your life. While there still isn’t one perfect instruction manual that tells you exactly what to do with your kids, there are many lessons you can teach them early to help them be happy and successful long into their adulthood. With that in mind, we gathered some of the most valuable life lessons you can pass along to your children. One lesson is how to be safe, which we here at Jamboo Creations are incredibly passionate about. To help your children stay safe at home, take a look at our line of childproofing products to see how we can take some of the danger out of growing up. Our customizable HearthSoft Fireplace Cushions are a stylish way to prevent accidents that we know you’ll appreciate.
-RespectWhen you teach your children respect early on, it ripples throughout their every interaction. Respect at home ensures strong relationship with family. Respect at school helps them be more successful with their education. Teaching respect for others makes them more kind toward the people they interact with, which is absolutely paramount to fostering strong social skills. Respect should not just be relegated to interactions with other people though. A strong sense of self-respect helps children to develop both self-control and self-worth, which is all too often missing as children develop. When a child has an overall sense of respect for others and their surroundings, they are more likely to take better care of their things, follow through with promises they’ve made, and retain a sense of determination to complete a task. It’s hard to overstate how important respect is.
While this goes hand-in-hand with respect, good manners help your child act reasonable and well-behaved. This develops a sense of thoughtfulness in regards to how their actions affect others around them. It helps children’s interactions with everyone around them, from friends and family to strangers they’ll encounter in their day-to-day adult life. Teaching them polite habits, such as holding a door open for someone else or saying thank you and excuse me, helps raise a child’s social IQ. This builds a stronger understanding of social interaction as a whole, as manners are often an unspoken contract we hold with everyone around us. It’s easy to be polite and maintain a sense of decorum and it can have a hugely positive impact on the world, even on a localized level.
Throughout childhood, we’re constantly playing games. Whether it’s sports, school competitions, or a family board game night, games are ever present. That’s why it’s important to teach your children good sportsmanship. Not only do they need to learn how to take a loss gracefully, they also need to understand how to avoid being a sore winner. When a child has a healthy experience with winning and losing, they will be more inclined to take setbacks in stride and keep a cool head when they succeed. While it’s not an issue if you let your child win every once in a while, it’s important you don’t do it just because they are being a sore loser. That teaches them that if they pout they’ll get want they want, and that’s not a lesson you want to teach them. Instead, it’s better to just stop playing until they’re ready to be a good sport.
-Strong Work EthicTeaching your child the value of a strong work ethic can have the longest lasting effects of many life lessons. With a dedication to showing up on time, working hard, and doing their best, they’ll see results in everything they do. Work ethic has an effect on pretty much everything we do every day we’re alive. This gives them the mental toughness to see things through to the end, even if it gets hard. With a strong work ethic, they’ll also be more comfortable with asking for help when they need it because they will understand not everything is an individual job. Sometimes asking for help is exactly what needs to be done to complete something properly.
-Quality of CharacterA sense of self-respect and respect for others is often more prized than a quality performance. Many coaches that work with young teams have said how much they would prefer to work with a respectful kid that may not have a high level of talent than they would with a gifted kid that doesn’t respect anyone else. This extends to school and future careers as well. The fact is, a quality person beats out quality performance when it comes to who someone wants to interact with. Teaching your child about this early on can help them paint their every interaction with a level of integrity and respect that will make them ideal to spend time with in school, at home, and on the field.
-ToleranceAs the world becomes more interconnected with consistent leaps in technology, the true diversity present in the human race becomes clear. Teaching your child tolerance toward others is valuable as it makes the world a kinder, more understanding place to live in for everyone. Whether it’s race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or anything in between, an overriding sense of respect for what makes us different can bring us closer together. The world would be a wonderful place with fewer angry people and more tolerant people. Teach your kid about standing up to intolerance and fighting for what’s right so they can be a force for good in society.
-HonestyTelling the truth is incredibly important in all aspects of life. Without it, a cloud of dishonesty paints everyone’s perception of you, and nobody will want to believe what you say. Teaching kids the value of honesty will help them become a trusted and valued member of society. Lying at an early age is often a precursor to worse behavior as they get older, as they’ll feel it is ok to do bad things as long as they can get away with it. Make them feel comfortable with the truth, even if it’s scary; lying almost always leads to much bigger consequences at home, school, and society as a whole.
-Mistakes Are OkayAs you’re growing up, every situation is brand new, and nobody is going to be naturally good at everything they try. Helping your child understand the value in making mistakes and how to learn from them will help them retain focus and continue working hard to achieve something. If they got a bad grade on a math test, sit down with them to see what they’re having trouble with. Teach them that grade is not an indication of an overall failure; instead, treat it as a roadmap for improvement. This extends far past school, as we have all made mistakes in every aspect of our life. Perfection is a myth, but the pursuit of perfection can have its merits. When a child understands speed bumps and missteps are a part of getting better at anything they try, they will be more inclined to keep working to improve. As Thomas Edison said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” He also said, “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”
Teaching your child can be tough, but it’s worth it. You’re helping to put together a functioning and valued member of society, and that starts at a young age. Instilling good values like honesty, work ethic, and respect will help them be successful, happy, and well-liked by those around them. At Jamboo Creations, we are passionate about childhood development and safety. If you’re looking for a new and stylish way to make your home a safe environment to grow up in, take a look at our variety of childproofing products. We’re sure you’ll find something that fits perfectly with your home’s aesthetic. We hope to hear from you soon!