50 Things to Teach Your Children

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50 Things to Teach Your Children

The world is a tough place. You want to equip your child with the life skills they need to succeed. In this article, we’ll explore 50 things to teach your children to help them be more resilient and successful in the future. This list is by no means exhaustive. But it’s a great starting point for building healthy habits and skillsets in your kids. We’re all about equipping our young people with the life skills they need to succeed! 

If you’re a parent, grandparent, or teacher, please share this with the young people in your life. They deserve to know these life skills too!

1) How to Stand Up for Themselves

As parents, we can do everything in our power to protect our children from every danger imaginable. Still, there will come a time when they must confront the world alone. How they react at that moment will define their future and the first thing we can do to help teach them how to stand up for themselves.

We all know the stories of those who stood up for themselves and succeeded. Rosa Parks is a great example. She was tired of sitting at the back of the bus, so she refused to give up her seat to another passenger. The world wasn’t going to push her around anymore, and it didn’t. Her defiance sparked an entire movement that changed the course of history! What do you want your child to be known for? How can they make a difference in the world?

2) How to Solve Problems. Life Is Full of Situations That Create Problems

Without proper life skills, these challenges can be as simple. As how to tie their shoes or more complex like the troubles they feel at school – either way, kids need help learning how to solve them. When we teach our children to solve problems, we’re preparing them for the challenges that will inevitably come their way.

3) How to Forgive

Forgiving another person is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself. It doesn’t matter if it’s minor or an issue from years ago. When you choose to let go of old grudges and resentment. You set yourself free and make room for new opportunities.

Children can learn from this example. By watching parents forgive each other and everyone else around them. If we want to help our kids be forgiving adults, we need to lead the way to forgiveness.

4) How to Say “No.”

Have you ever made a significant decision or taken a risk that you thought would be the best choice in your past, but it didn’t turn out so great? I have, and sometimes the results were simply disappointing. While other times they wound up being disastrous. Teaching our children how to say no helps them avoid bad decisions. Even dangerous situations because they’ve learned to honor their own higher judgment.

5) How to Make a Plan and Follow Through

Planning is a critical component in the success of any endeavor. It’s one thing to have an idea, but it’s another thing entirely to bring that idea into reality. If kids don’t learn how to plan, they’ll likely struggle with this throughout their lives. They’ll take on more than they can handle, avoid taking action until it’s too late, and eventually give up on their dreams entirely.

6) How to Face Their Fears

Fear is inevitable as we grow up. It comes from all sorts of places, including our own uncertainty about the future or because something doesn’t turn out the way we want it to.

Equipping our kids to face their fears is a critical skill to achieve anything worth it. If we give them the life skills to confront their deepest fears and move through them despite their discomfort, then nothing will ever hold them back from reaching their highest potential.

7) How Not to Blame Others

Blaming someone else takes away our power to change things. If we blame someone else for the way we feel, we’re going to struggle to find solutions and move ahead in life.

Next time you find yourself pointing the finger at someone else. Take a moment and think about how you can change things, so they turn out differently next time. Please don’t waste your energy on blame when you need it for something else.

8) How to Deal With Conflict

Conflict is unavoidable in this world. But the way we handle it can either cause more problems or help us resolve issues once and for all. When kids learn how to deal with conflict in healthy habits, they don’t take the behavior of others personally. And they know how to stand up for themselves without hurting others.

9) How to Love Themselves

Loving yourself isn’t selfish. It’s a necessity! Many of us spend so much time focusing on everyone else that we forget about ourselves and our needs. Couple this with the harm caused by toxic self-talk, and kids miss out on learning how to respect and love themselves.

10) How to Say “Yes.”

If you want your life to be filled with positivity, saying yes more often than no is the right place to start. Saying yes opens up opportunities that may not have been available. Otherwise, such as new hobbies or ways of thinking about the world around us.

While it’s helpful to have a support network available, the saying no more often than yes isn’t going to help us find what we need. The chances are that saying no will close doors instead of opening them.

11) That Change Is Inevitable

Life has its ups and downs. We’re either growing through challenges or declining into stagnation or worse.

That’s why we need to help our kids understand that change isn’t a bad thing. It’s essential for living an exciting and fulfilled life. Instead of resisting the changes that come our way, teach them how to embrace positive changes and move through the negative ones with as little emotional turmoil as possible.

12) How to See the Positive in Adverse Situations

When learning life skills as a child, you must know that when we make a mistake. Sometimes, things don’t go our way. It’s easy to get into a negative mindset where we only focus on what didn’t work instead of what did.

Teach your kids how to find the silver linings and choose gratitude over anger when unexpected challenges arise so they can take something away from every experience. This could be one of the most important life skills on this list.

13) How to Deal With Anger and Frustration

Anger and frustration can’t be avoided, but how we deal with them is up to us. If we can learn healthy ways of dealing with our emotions, then our kids will be able to do the same when they face similar situations on their own as teens and adults.

We often feel anger and frustration over situations that aren’t even our fault, but this doesn’t allow us to lash out at innocent people. Instead of taking our frustrations out on others, teach your kids how to deal with their feelings in healthy ways so they can learn to manage their emotions as adults

14) How to Prioritize

Our busy lives often lead to feeling like we’re spread too thin, which can be overwhelming and cause us to feel overwhelmed.

That’s why it’s so important to teach our young ones how to prioritize their time, so they don’t get caught up in trying to do everything at once that nothing gets done well. By prioritizing necessary tasks that will bring the most benefit to their lives, they’ll be able to lead more fulfilled and productive lives when they’re adults.

15) How and Why to Tell the Truth

All of us have been lied to at some point in our lives, but it’s even worse when we’ve been lied to by members of our own families. That’s why it’s so important to teach our kids how and when to tell the truth.

Kids need to understand that even though lying can get them out of trouble in the short term, it often creates more significant problems throughout their lives. Even with good intentions, dishonesty will catch up with us as adults no matter how careful we are. Instead of allowing our children to lie their way through life, teach them how to tell the truth even when it would be easier not to.

16) How to Deal With Change

Change is an inevitable part of life, and if we don’t learn how to deal with it, we can get overwhelmed by all of the things that are changing around us.

Whether it’s something as small as the layout of our home changing or a change of career that comes with moving to a new state, we need to show our kids how to accept and embrace these life changes so they can be more flexible as adults.

17) How to Deal With Being Different

We’re often afraid of what we don’t understand, and this fear can lead to the bullying of people who are different from us.

Bullying doesn’t just affect the person being bullied. It affects everyone around them as well. That’s why we need to show our kids how to deal with others who are different from them, so they can grow up into adults who respect and embrace everyone.

18) How to Deal With Loneliness

No one is ever completely alone, but it’s still an authentic feeling that we all have to deal with at some point in our lives. It often feels like something is missing out of our lives, whether it’s friendship, love, or family relationships and finding the coping mechanisms for dealing with that feeling.

We can teach our kids to seek help for loneliness when they feel it, whether that’s by talking with a friend, loved one, or professional counselor, so that they can feel more fulfilled in their lives. It’s vital that we not hide our feelings of loneliness from the people around us and instead show them how to reach out if they’re experiencing the same situation.

19) How to Deal With Failure

We all have losses in our lives, and we need to learn how to cope with them before they overwhelm us. When we fail at something, it doesn’t mean that we aren’t good enough for success. It just means that sometimes things don’t go according to plan.

Failure is a part of life that we need to teach our kids how to grow up to be resilient adults. No matter the circumstances, without failure, there can be no success.

20) How to Be an Active Listener

We all have losses in our lives, and we need to learn how to cope with them before they overwhelm us. When we fail at something, it doesn’t mean that we aren’t good enough for success. It just means that sometimes things don’t go according to plan.

Failure is a part of life that we need to teach our kids how to grow up to be resilient adults. No matter the circumstances, without failure, there can be no success.

21) How to Treat Others With Respect

There’s no better way to show someone how much you care for them than by treating them with respect. When you show love and courtesy to others, teach your children to treat others with dignity and respect.

22) How to Deal With Difficult People

We all encounter difficult people in our lives at some point or another, whether it’s a boss who is always on the verge of firing us, a family member that we can’t get along with, or an acquaintance that rubs us the wrong way.

When we learn how to deal with difficult people in our lives, we’re teaching our children how to handle such confrontations when they happen to them as well. We all have difficult people in our lives, and a great way of dealing with them is not giving any power over us by letting them know they’re getting to us in any way. Introduce the problematic person, tell the story and then move on with your day as if nothing ever happened.

23) How to Avoid Peer Pressure

Peer pressure is something that our kids are bound to experience at some point, whether it’s a friend trying to get them involved in something they know is wrong or simply trying to get them to buy a new toy just because everyone else is doing it.

We must teach our children how to handle peer pressure by showing them what they should and shouldn’t do in certain situations to make informed decisions for themselves.

24) How to Deal With Technology Overload

We can’t blame our children for wanting to be on their phones and tablets all the time. We’re plugged in as well, so we know how hard it is to stop looking at your screen when you have notifications coming in from every direction.

We need to teach them that there are times when they should spend less time with technology, like dinner, family time, and when they’re in school.

25) How to Deal With a Bully

If we don’t teach our children how to endure the world’s bullies, then who will? Bullies are everywhere, and there’s no way of getting around meeting them at some point or another. When we encounter bullies along life’s path, it’s up to us to teach our children how to handle them.

26) How to Be Prepared for the Future

Our children will grow up and take care of themselves one day, and we must teach them how they can prepare themselves as they get older. Make sure you demonstrate what being prepared looks like so they can follow in your footsteps.

Preparedness is a skill that will serve your children well no matter what they decide to do in the future. If they can master being prepared, then there’s nothing that will stop them from being successful.

27) How to Become an Active Participant in Their School Life

When they’re still small, our children don’t understand why they have to go to school and learn all this information that isn’t going to be used for anything when we grow up. There’s no better way of shaping their understanding than being an active part of their school life.

This also includes volunteering within their school to see the satisfaction of helping others make a difference. Not only will you be an inspiration to your children, but there’s also a no better way of gaining new contacts within your community than by doing volunteer work at your local school.

28) How to Deal With Peer Pressure 2.0

We’re now living in a time when we use social media to pressure others into doing what we want them to do.

When we post something on our Facebook page or Twitter feed, there’s always someone watching and waiting for an opportunity to comment on it so they can get their two cents in as well. Kids are growing up around social media every day. They must learn how to deal with peer pressure 2.0 without feeling overwhelmed by the number of people who can get involved in an argument that’s not even about them.

29) How to deal with "We're bored!"

We all know that kids are prone to saying, “We’re bored!” when you really don’t have the time to entertain them, and they require something to do. It’s tempting to let them get on their devices for entertainment, but that can be a big mistake.

We should instead come up with an activity that is creative in nature yet still relatively easy, so we don’t end up wasting our entire day doing something that would have been better if we had just done it ourselves.

30) How to Be Responsible With Money

When your children ask you for something, do you give it to them? If you want them to be responsible with their money when they grow up, then you’ll need to start making the connection between what they’re asking for and how much it costs.

This will not only teach them how many hours it takes to earn some money, but they’ll also learn that you get something for nothing. If someone can afford what they want, then it’s because they’re working hard to make sure that dream comes true. Showing them the reality of life will help them become more responsible with their money.

31) How to Do the Best They Can at School

When we try our hardest at something, it says a lot about us and the impression we’re able to leave on others.

No matter what grade they have in school, make sure you show them how proud you are for trying their very best at everything they do. Your support will be more important than any fleeting grade they receive when they get older.

32) How to Eat Healthy Food

It’s not a secret that we’re living in an age where fast-food chains try to sell us everything under the sun, but those foods are not suitable for our children. Teaching them how and why staying away from this stuff is such a vital part of growing up.

They might not recognize it now, but they’ll thank you for the consequences when they’re older.

33) How to Be Honest With Others

We need to teach our children that honesty is the best policy. This will help shape their character and expose them to what can happen if they’re dishonest with others. We live in a time where lying isn’t a big deal, but they must know why this type of behavior is wrong so they can avoid telling lies for the rest of their lives.

Honesty with others will help them to build healthy relationships with everyone they meet.

34) How to Tell the Truth About Their Mistakes

When we make a mistake, it’s straightforward to look for ways around telling the truth about what happened. We would rather accept “someone else is responsible” than admit that we were wrong about something.

Lying makes us weak, and it makes us vulnerable to being taken advantage of at any time. Teaching your child the importance of telling the truth about their mistakes is never something that’s wasted.

35) How to Be Respectful of Others’ Opinions.

Living in a diverse environment means you’re bound to run into people who have different ways of thinking than you do. This is a good thing because it forces you to think about how other people feel.

One way to do this is by letting your kids know that he needs to respect the opinion of others, even if he disagrees with what they’re saying.

36) How Their Actions Affect Others

When we realize that our actions affect others, we start to take action more seriously before jumping into a situation that might be harmful to the people around us.

If you let your kids know that their actions affect others around them, they will do what they can to make sure nobody is harmed because of something they did.

37) How Not to Judge Other People Too Quickly

It’s easy to believe people in all different aspects of life. Still, it’s never a good idea to jump to conclusions about someone.

There is always more than meets the eye, and there are always two sides to every story. If you want your kids to realize this, then show them how not judging others too quickly will help them become better friends with everyone they meet.

38) How to Be a Good Friend to Others Who Need Help

It’s never easy being a friend to someone that needs your support, but it’s a fantastic feeling when you do it anyway, even though it might cost you something. We all know this feeling because we’ve been there at one point or another in our lives, and it’s something we will never forget.

Your kids will learn how to be good friends if you teach them the importance of doing the right thing even when you know it might hurt you at some point in life.

39) How to Accept Others Who Are Different From Them

We need to understand that people are different from one another, and that’s a great thing because it means we’re all unique in our own ways.

If you want your kids to learn how to accept people who are different from them, you need to teach them the importance of doing this. You will be surprised at what they have learned when they get older.

40) How Everything Has Consequences, Good or Bad

We need to show our children that their actions will always have effects, and they need to understand this before they do things that might hurt others around them.

It’s unfortunate, but the world is competitive where not everyone will like you for who you are today. Teaching your kids about the effects of his actions helps them not to regret what he has done in the past.

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41) How to accept failure as a learning tool

When teaching your kids life skills, this is one they must master. Everyone has failed at one point or another in life, and your kids must know this before he reaches his teenage years.

The best way to make sure your kids don’t fail is by letting them know that failure is always a learning experience so they can move forward and not do the same thing twice.

42) How to Apologize for Their Actions

Sometimes we make mistakes, and your child must learn to admit when he does something wrong because he will eventually run into a situation where this is needed. Your apology might be what someone needs to hear to forgive you for doing something that wasn’t right.

43) How to Put Others Before Themselves

It’s easy to focus on yourself and what you have going on in your life. Still, it’s never a good idea to do this because you need to learn how to be more selfless when someone else needs your help more than you need the support for yourself.

We all know how it feels to need to help others, and teaching this trait to your child will cause them to grow into a better person.

44) How Not All People in the World Are Evil

As much as we like to think that the world isn’t filled with more good than bad, it’s a huge learning experience for our children when they realize that there are more good people out there than bad.

You can teach your child this by letting them know that you will always show them the right path because you want them to do well in life and not waste their true potential. After all, they didn’t believe in themselves.

45) How to Forgive Others for What They Have Done

Everyone makes mistakes, and it’s up to your child to let go of all the anger he has built up inside because of someone else’s actions.

Forgiveness is a skill that will serve you well throughout life, but only if you learn how to do it right because not everyone deserves forgiveness in their eyes.

46) How to Be Independent

Children should always have their parents around because they need guidance. Still, they need to learn how to be self-sufficient so that when they’re on their own one day, they know what it takes to make things happen. If they don’t have the proper life skills, it will be harder for them.

Let your child feel the burden of everyday life to appreciate everything you do for him, and understand that it’s never okay to sit back and depend on others for your growth as a person.

47) How Not to Judge People Before They Prove Themselves

This should be one of the first things you teach your child because he will come across people different from him, and he needs to know how to deal with them appropriately.

It’s not okay for your child to judge someone because they look a certain way or come from a different social class. You need to teach your child how to respect everyone he meets no matter who they are and show him that people are the same when you get past all the differences between them.

48) How Important It Is to Help the Less Fortunate

It’s never a good idea to ignore people in need because they could be the person you need one day, and it takes more strength to help them move forward than it does to push them back down.

49) How There Are Plenty of Things Worth Fighting For

Helping someone who cannot defend themselves but fighting for something bigger than yourself is even more critical. You never know how something will turn out if you don’t give it a shot.

Children need to have their values tested. This can happen when they learn that there are times in life when you’re forced into challenging situations where the only way out is by standing up for what you believe in and showing them that it’s worth fighting for.

50) How to Be Happy

We all go through different struggles in life, but it’s vital for your child to never lose sight of the fact that happiness is what keeps us going when things start to look bad.

Your child will eventually come across someone who is a significant influence on his happiness because they give him the motivation he needs when things seem too tough to handle and teach him that it’s okay to be happy when the road ahead is full of potholes.

Happiness Is Key to Moving Forward

Your child will reflect on this when he finds the right person to help him reach his highest potential. Unlocking true happiness is about finding yourself and embracing who you are, even if your life isn’t where you want it to be right now.

There are ways for us to teach our children better values to help them become better adults. If we can show them what’s important in life, they will use these skills no matter what they do.

All in all, teaching your child lessons will shape his future for the better because even if you don’t know what he’ll do with these life skills you’re attempting to pass on to him, they could end up being essential to his success in life.

Bad Habits and Bad Influences

It can limit your child’s chances of making it far in life. Still, you need to teach him how to avoid these things because they’re not helpful when he needs something positive in his life.

Your child will be going through some pretty tough situations growing up, but giving him the positive influence of your teachings helps him realize that it’s okay to be a kind-hearted person because he’ll know that you always do the right thing for others no matter what.

Your child will learn more from watching you than from anything else. Teaching him these 50 life skills is an investment in his future because someday, he may need to use one of them to make it through a challenge.

By Rosa Norris


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  • […] If there’s something they need to learn, then teach it to them—and don’t defend their mistakes. They’ll make mistakes in life no matter what, but where they get into trouble is when trying to justify bad behavior, and then you defend that bad behavior by making excuses for them. That’s when they learn to disrespect their parents and to walk all over them because, in their minds, it’s a free pass to do whatever they want as long as you’re there to protect them. […]

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