Being a parent is arguably the hardest job in the world. When you become a parent, you are suddenly responsible for your child’s future. Every parent wants their child to grow up to become a kind, compassionate, intelligent, honest and hard-working adult. In order to instill those qualities in you child, it’s important to start teaching them when they’re young.
Here are ten important things you can teach your child by age ten:
1. Respect Others
Teach your child to respect others, regardless of their gender, age, race or religious views. Make sure they understand that showing respect to other people is part of being a kind, considerate and compassionate human being.
2. Don’t Be Afraid To Make Mistakes
We all make mistakes, it’s part of being human. Teach your child that every mistake is a learning opportunity. Make sure they know that it’s perfectly OK to try and fail, and when they do fail, teach them to have the courage to try again.
3. Knowledge Is More Important Than Grades
Teach your child that learning is what truly matters. If they miss a few questions on their test, go back and rework them so they understand the correct answers. Don’t let them think that getting a “B” is the end of the world.
4. Your Child Can Come To You For Help
Many parents struggle with the line between being a parent and being a friend. It’s important to understand that being there for your child isn’t crossing the line. Make sure your child knows that they can come to you with questions or problems any time, and you will be there to help.
5. Don’t Be Afraid To Stand Up For Yourself
While teaching your child about respect, explain to them that they also have the right to defend their beliefs or opinions. Let them know that standing up for yourself is important, and there’s a way to do it that is still respectful toward others.
6. Don’t Give In To Peer Pressure
Your child is sure to face peer pressure at some point in their life. Teach your child that being honest and true to who they are is much more important that doing something they don’t want to do in order to gain someone else’s approval.
7. Ask Questions
Teach your child that it’s OK to ask questions. If they don’t understand something or if they are simply curious, let them know that asking questions is a great way to expand their knowledge, and they should never be embarrassed to speak up.
8. Respect The Environment
Teaching your child about the beauty of nature will help them learn to respect their environment at a young age. Make sure they know how important it is to take care of our environment.
9. Tell An Adult If You Don’t Feel Well
Make sure your child knows that their health comes first. If they feel dizzy during gym class, let them know that telling a teacher is the right approach. A child should never be afraid to speak up about their health in fear of an adult getting angry.
10. Learn To Say “No”
Make sure your child isn’t afraid to say “no” when necessary. If anyone is making them feel uncomfortable or trying to make them do something they know is wrong, teach them to stand up for themselves and say “no.” This lesson will come in handy throughout their adult life.