Most parents will agree that once you have children, life takes on a different purpose. Your life becomes about them — they are your pride and joy and you’ll do everything in your power to ensure they enjoy the best life possible.
A big part of that is bringing them up the right way and teaching them some of life’s most valuable lessons. How you do that is up to you, but what are the fundamental principles that you should be instilling into your children?
A sense of self worth
The most important thing is that your children value themselves as people and understand their self-worth. In the modern age of social media where beauty, lifestyle and character standards are seemingly set by Instagram and Facebook feeds, it’s essential that your children understand they only need to meet their own expectations and not those set by others.
This starts with parenting that shows your kids that they deserve to be respected and loved. You are your children’s biggest role model, so set an example by showing them how to care for themselves.
Treat others as you wish to be treated
This rule has universal meaning, covering what it means to be a good person in the world.
Good manners, honesty, kindness, respect and a sense of fairness are some of the main principles you should be teaching your children, and all of these come under the banner of treating your fellow human beings in the right way.
Basic human decency should be a minimum expectation of your kids and teaching them the right social behaviours will set them up for success in both their social and professional lives.
Good money management
Money makes the world go around, and whilst you can protect your children from the rigours of financial obligations for the time being, sooner or later they’ll have to face their own financial responsibilities. With that in mind, it makes sense to start them off with some simple money management techniques.
Whether that’s encouraging them to budget around their pocket money, talking about income and outgoings or just teaching them about spending only what you can afford, you can help your children to become more financially savvy, so they don’t feel completely lost in the first throes of financial independence.
Of course, it helps if you are in control of your own finances as well. Again, leading by example is the key.
There are 1001 things you’ll likely need to teach your children about growing up, but some concepts are more important than others. Your main priorities should be raising your children to be good people, preparing them for the responsibilities of adulthood and giving them the best chance to be truly content along their journey.