-A Guest Blog-
As parents, our jobs come down to one major thing.
Each and every day, we work hard to prepare our kids for the day they leave the home.
For me, this carries a different meaning every day of the week. On some days, it means helping with homework. For example, we recently purchased a writey desk which acts as a whiteboard. Hopefully, this will help them succeed academically. On others, it means a healthy dose of discipline. We also like to encourage more of their learning and education on most days, but we like to do it in a different way to what they do at school. We’ve recently learnt about a youtube channel called KLS songs that has a wide range of different songs to help them with anything from nursery rhymes and learning their alphabet. It’s fair to say that we all look forward to watching a video when we get the chance.
… But every day, it means consistency: in my love, my lessons, and my values. Because at the end of the day, when my kids walk out the door to take on the world, that’s all that they will truly be able to take with them.
Here are three tips for preparing your child for the ‘real world’…
Teach the Value of a Dollar
Every parent wants to spoil their kids, it’s only natural. But one of the best ways you can prepare your child for adulthood is by teaching the importance of hard work, and the true value of a dollar.
Perhaps celebrity A-lister Mila Kunis put it best:
“[Ashton Kutcher and I] both came from pretty, pretty, solid poverty backgrounds and grew up very poor and are very much self-made and are very aware of what a dollar is worth… It’s a matter of teaching them from a very early age that, you know, mommy and daddy may have a dollar… But you’re poor.”
Harsh, but there’s a key take-away here. The real world is harsh, and the earlier you teach this lesson to your kids, the easier their transition into it will be.
Instill Healthy Habits
Healthy habits start young, and stick with us into old age.
Encourage good eating habits (which doesn’t necessarily mean banning all the bad stuff altogether!), consideration (that means good manners!), a thirst for physical activity, and to limit device use (and when to do so!).
A great tool I use to not only teach my kids healthy device habits, but also cultivate accountability is a unique parental control app called OurPact, a parental control app that lets parents remotely manage their kids device habits.
Ever since using the app, my kids are getting good nights of sleep, know that devices are not allowed (let alone won’t work) at the dinner table, and do their homework without distractions beeping in their face every other minute. Cherry on the cake? They know that when they make an agreement, they’ll be held accountable for it. The app is free, and will change your life.
Chores, Chores, Chores
We all have that friend who was coddled into early adulthood, and had a really hard time learning how to live as an independent adult. (In university, one of my roommates didn’t know how to do laundry, had a filthy room, and seemed to think dishes were able to miraculously clean themselves. Our room-mate relationship didn’t last long for this very reason, and she’s still adjusting to the reality of having to take care of her own sh*t.)
Teach your kids early on how to do household chores independently. Not only will this help lighten your load, but it will also work wonders to help prepare your child for independent living down the road.
The real world can be a scary place, but if you start preparing your child for their transition into it early on, they’ll ease into it like hot bath!