7 Valuable Skills Your Child is Not Learning in School


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There is certainly no denying that many public education, schools and teachers work incredibly hard to provide our children with the correct development in skills and values in life, which will stay with them up into adulthood. Many teachers are consistently trying their hardest in order to help students learn, while at the same time, trying to also cater for a huge range of physical skills, emotional problems, learning difficulties, and abilities. With up to thirty hyperactive children all in one place, with each and every single one of them requiring their own curriculum to cover, you can soon understand why your child may not be learning all the valuable skills that you would expect from the public education system.

Classrooms can be busy and distracting places.

You would think a classroom is a place of quiet learning, this is not necessarily the case. All it takes is one disruptive child to set off an entire domino effect across the classroom, and if the teacher isn’t prepared, you have a world of havoc at your fingertips. This means that your own child may not be receiving the valuable skills and values they need when sat in a classroom. The sad reality of the matter is, some of the most amazing and highly qualified teachers just simply can’t or don’t have the time to cover every student in their classroom.

Take a moment and think about this, in the real world, there is so much more than just the basic subjects that children learn in classrooms, unless you have a superhuman teacher who is more than willing to break the boundaries of textbook teaching. In the public education system, your child simply is not learning the crucial values and skills they need to learn in life. Take a moment to think about your own experiences. When you finally left high school for example, did you possess the knowledge you needed in order to survive as a young adult in life, let alone to succeed? If you were lucky, perhaps you already did, but for the most of us, not many had a single clue.

Will my child learn valuable life skills at school?

The answer is, probably not. It’s very hard for many of us to say we were prepared for life, unless your parents were kind enough to give you a boost through it. But for many of us, we have failed at basic things, or have been confused countless times by just normal everyday things. These are things that we don’t learn in the public education system, and as a result perhaps we messed up and made a few mistakes along the way. That’s a part of life, we hear you say. But it’s possible that you can prepare your child for growing up, you’ve had the experiences and you possess the knowledge, so why not pass it down to your child so they don’t make the same mistakes? As a parent, you can help.

This simply doesn’t mean that your child needs to be taken out of school and home taught, nor does it mean that you need to spend countless hours teaching your child the difference between an adjective and a pronoun. It’s about you as a parent helping to teach your child a vast range of values and other essential skills. You are not a qualified teacher (or perhaps you are) but for most, you are a parent, and you have the biggest influence on your child than anyone else, which is why it’s important to offer your child a helping hand in order for your child to learn new skills and values which are related to study habits, communication, reading, making mistakes, concentration, mistake making, and working with others. Let’s take a look at a few things you can help teach your child.

1. Saving.

The golden rule is to spend less than you earn. It’s that simple, but there are so many young adults who just don’t seem to grasp the concept or even know how to manage it. It’s important to teach your child from a young age to put money they receive away for safekeeping. Teach your child how to set a savings goal, and how they can save for it, before allowing them to purchase whatever it is they were saving for.

2. Listening.

You would assume our children are taught how to listen in school. They must listen to the teacher’s instructions and listen to one another in team building exercises. But are they taught how to listen to someone in a conversation? It’s unbelievable how many adults still do not possess the correct skills and values of how to listen during a conversation. It’s important that your child learns how to genuinely listen to others around them, and understand what is being said.

3. Conversation.

With listening comes with conversations. In schools, conversations seem to be frowned upon. Can you remember trying to speak to your friend in class? You would often be told to be quiet and listen. Of course you should be listening and learning in a classroom but conversation skills also help to develop learning skills too. If your child does not have the confidence or understanding of how to engage in a conversation with a teacher or fellow public, how will they ever begin to learn the things they want to know?

4. Reading.

Of course, we are all taught how to read with many thanks to the public education system, but many schools and even teachers can make the practice of reading incredibly boring, daunting, or difficult. It’s important that you spend time with your child when reading, and introduce them to how fun it can be and how many new and exciting words there are. There is also the wonderful World Wide Web for them to enjoy and learn with in the shape of games and exciting websites.

5. Budgeting.

Budgeting, a task that makes all adults want to curl up into a ball. And many of us suffer from it too, simply because many adults still don’t have a full understanding or value of how to do it. Teach your child simple budgeting skills and values, and what is involved in budgeting. Usually, budgeting would be recommended for older children, perhaps early teens, but it’s always fun to start with a younger child and helps them with basic baths, which is always a bonus.

6. Positive thinking.

It’s exceptionally important for children to grow up with a positive outlook on life. Positivity will often lead to success and solutions, rather than complaints and upset. Be sure to teach them the understanding of things going wrong, but with a positive attitude solutions can be found. It’s important that your child learns that they can believe in themselves and block out unnecessary negative thinking. This will give them the positive thinking and confidence to excel in other skills too.

7. Motivation.

It’s important that you child is able to motivate themselves in the things that they do. Motivation leads to success in a number of basic skills, and if your child is able to motivate themselves using different strategies, they will soon know how amazing it feels to achieve the goals that they have aimed for.

These skills and values are unfortunately not taught in textbooks or within the public education system. These are skills and values that can be taught by parents setting the right examples for their children.

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