Many personality traits of children begin to form within the first seven years of their lives, which is why it is essential to teach them the life lessons you hold dear from an early age itself. Although there are certain lessons that can wait and can be taught later, others become an essential part of one’s personality. Here are some of the things you should teach them from an early age itself:
Things to teach your child in early age:
1. Gender Equality
Being able to respect the people around you regardless of their gender is a vital thing. Children learn gender norms from their parents and the way they or their siblings are treated. This often has a detrimental effect on their relationships as adults as times are changing and more and more women are learning to speak up for themselves. Teach your children that both genders are equal and people need to be valued for their personalities and not whether they are male or female. It is an essential lesson that will help them throughout their lives.
One of the most important things is empathy. Being able to connect with others and understand what they are going through is what makes you a good human being. Teach your children empathy from a young age. Of course, they may be too young to understand the idea theoretically but they can certainly learn from your example as a parent. They will pick up on the way you treat others and grow into people who form valuable connections.
3. Hard work
Nothing in life comes for free. Children who are spoiled too much often find it hard to adjust in the work place later on, not really understanding why things don’t go their way. This is because when you spoil a child too much, you teach it that life will hand them everything they want. Even though they may know that’s not true once they become adults, it’s always there in the back of their heads and can make them slightly entitled. Teach them to work hard once they start pre-school or regular school so that they can understand the value of working towards goals.
Self-confidence is one of the most important qualities that any individual can have. If you are not confident about your abilities or the kind of person you are, you will always be plagued by insecurities. Ultimately, your insecurities will seep into all your relationships (whether with friends or lovers) and taint them irreparably. If you are confident, you will be less likely to indulge in unnecessary gossip or rude and intimidating behaviour because you just don’t need to make others small in order to feel good. Allow your child to express himself or herself freely and do not be overly critical of them. Of course, you must not turn them into cocky individuals either. The key is to strike a balance and make them well rounded.
5. Planning ahead
Though this may seem like a really heavy lesson, it is one that’s vital. There are far too many adults who would rather go with the flow than plan ahead, and then find themselves in a bit of a soup later on. Teaching your child how to set goals for himself/herself helps them not only achieve things but also set future plans for themselves. Ultimately, they need to grow into the kind of individuals that plan out their finances and invest in viable financial products like ULIPs or insurance to protect their future when the time comes. After all, life is unpredictable and you don’t want them to suffer due to unfortunate circumstances!