- From a very young age, teach them to read, write, and type, of course. This is probably the most important skill.
- From a very young age, help them understand budgeting by setting them up a mock bank account. Give them allowance. Don’t need to dictate what they spend it on, it’s their money.
- Set up trust fund and bonds, saving account for college.
- Teach TOLERANCE and LOVE. Help them to understand and accept others who differ in their viewpoints and perspectives.
- Get involved in Brain Games, Chess, Optical Illusions, etc.
- Choose an instrument and a sport/let them experiment with a variety. (My favorites: gymnastics, MMA, X-Games, skating, BMX, hockey)
- Heavy emphasis teachings on STEM, Neuroscience and Psychology.
- Read “Classics” books.
- Teach to store away everything in bins and clean up before the next day.
- Teach hand washing, hygiene, sanitization, organization, and cleanliness, manners, courtesy, and flattering habits.
- Take out to have enriching experiences: events, parks, museums, zoos, aquariums, arboretums, camping, symphonies, campuses, dog & reptile (pets) shows, pumpkin/berry picking, etc.
- Make & edit Youtube Vlog, utilizing camera/drone equipment.
- Create (arts & crafts): Vision boards, painting, etc.
- Etc… “to be continued” 😉
There are many parenting styles to choose from, all of which seem to work to some degree. You will figure out what’s best for you based on your own observations and life experiences. When a baby comes into this world, many parents make the mistake of raising the baby as it belongs to them, exclusively. But, the baby/child belongs to the world. He or She belongs to the community, the workforce, and Themselves. My philosophy is to teach independence. Independent children seem to be the most well-adjusted and adaptable into adulthood. It also takes a lot of the pressure off parents.