Things to Teach Your Children Before They Leave Home

As parents, we all want what is best for our children. We want them to be happy and successful. We want them to become a thriving member of their community doing whatever it is they want to do. We want them to be smart and learn lessons, but we don’t want to see them get hurt. And while we should want all of these things for our children, there are certain things we should teach them first in order for everything else to fall into place.

Things to Teach Your Children Before They Leave Home

Teach them to be independent.

Teaching children to be independent is a bit of a slippery slope because it is the parental instinct to do everything and anything we can to help them along the way. Everything from submitting school paperwork and preparing lunches to filing their taxes for their first teenage job and reminding them about college application deadlines. It’s easy to take on far too much of what should be their responsibility. But teaching independence is the first step in leading them to achieve success later in life. So pack their lunches and submit their school paperwork for them, but when they’re old enough show them how to do it. Sit down with them and teach them to file their taxes for their high school job and take a backseat when it comes to college applications. The more responsibilities you give them early in life, the more they’ll be prepared for the road ahead.

Teach them to be opinionated.

Make sure your children understand the importance of discovering and standing behind their own beliefs and opinions. This world needs people who are passionate about what they believe because that is how progress is put into action. Make sure they understand that their opinion does not necessarily have to mirror yours, but it should be well-informed. In encouraging your children to be opinionated on specific issues, you will teach them to be comfortable in taking a stand for what they believe is right.

Teach them to be respectful.

Teaching your children to be respectful should come as no surprise. However, it’s important to make an extra effort to teach your children from a very young age to be respectful towards everyone they meet – not just their elders. This applies to people who are younger, different, and less advantaged than they are. By teaching your children to be respectful towards everyone, your children will likewise become respected by everyone as well.

Teaching these things to your children will help to shape them into the young adults that will make an impact on this world.

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Lessons Only a Grandpa Can Teach

Parenthood is an incredible gift—it can also be incredibly challenging and exhausting, though. That’s where grandparenthood comes in; it’s the perfect blend of all of the joys of parenthood with none of the strife of discipline. Even though parents are the ones imparting most of the lessons in their children’s lives, there are some lessons that only a grandpa can teach.

Lessons Only a Grandpa Can Teach

How to Fish Properly

Sure, fathers can absolutely teach their children how to fish. There’s no rule that states otherwise. But, there is an unspoken rule that says that grandfathers are the best fishing teachers. They’re substantially more patient than fathers, and more than that, they really enjoy that extended time together—just sitting on the boat out in the middle of the lake.

When grandpas cast their lines, they’re not just teaching their grandchildren how to catch fish; they’re teaching them invaluable lessons about life, about patience, about self-reliance, and about catching and releasing (literally and metaphorically).

How to Start a Fire

Again, mothers and fathers alike can impart all of these lessons. Even still, there’s just something about the way grandpas lay these particular life lessons out. Camping with grandpa is a very sacred and special tradition, and it’s made even more momentous by the introduction of fire.

Learning how to start a fire is about so much more than just keeping warm. It’s about learning how to respect nature and its awesome power to create and destroy. It’s about harnessing elements in a useful and productive way. When grandpas teach their grandchildren how to start fires, they’re really teaching them how to fend for themselves in a wild, unpredictable world. They’re lighting the path to happiness and warmth for the rest of their lives.

How to Fix a Car

Cars have changed quite a bit since grandpa was a young man, but there are some constants that never change. Teaching grandchildren how to take care of their cars doesn’t just serve up valuable life lessons; it can also potentially save their lives. When you know what to do the moment your car starts acting out of sorts, you’re better able to handle situations on your own.

That is a gift that grandpas love to give—the gift of independence and self-assurance. Even when cars start self-driving, you can bet that grandpas will still be passing down their lessons on how to change a flat tire. It’s what grandpas do.

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