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The school system teaches our children and helps them prepare for the future. One thing we can do to supplement this scholastic education is teach them technical skills that they can use throughout their life.
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We all want our children to be successful. We teach them to
use utensils, we hold their hand as they learn to walk, and we watch as they go
to school for the first time. The school system teaches our children and helps
them prepare for the future. Teachers work with our children during the school
hours, but a parent's job of teaching and nurturing is constant. One thing we can do to supplement their scholastic education is teach them technical skills that they can use throughout their life. This will benefit
them throughout their school years and beyond that to college and the
workplace. Listed below are five technical skills to teach your child before
This is a skill that everyone needs at every stage of life.
If you can quickly and efficiently problem solve, you will be successful. This
is a skill that is required in virtually every job your child will ever have.
If your child can effectively problem solve, they will also succeed socially;
they will quickly be able to defuse a conflict with a friend or teammate at
school. It will help them academically; they will be able to experiment and try
different methods, ultimately finding the best and most effective methods to
solve homework problems, write papers, or complete a science fair project. Your
child will be less whiny and dependent on you as a parent, because they will
become increasingly independent as they are faced with problems and learn to
solve them on their own.
Learning to quickly find good, trustworthy information on
the internet is a skill that will continue to benefit your student long after
high school. We used to use dictionaries and encyclopedias to do research, but
with how quickly books can become outdated, the internet is where students can
find the best information. Teaching your student to find quality sites with
good information is extremely important to their success in high school and
beyond. Because children are growing up to be extremely tech savvy, this is a
skill that parents can help foster by showing them the difference between good
information on a scholarly website as opposed to general information on the
Being able to think critically and reason are skills that
are not necessarily taught in school. While teachers can try to help stretch
your children's brains to these concepts, this is something that should also be
encouraged at home. Children that are good at using logic and reasoning are
typically very good at math and science. Being talented at math or science can
open all kinds of doors in the future. It could open the door to an engineering
degree or a master’s
degree in computer science online.
Teaching kids the basics of repairing household objects will
help foster most of the other skills listed in this article. Allowing them to
take a computer apart to see how it works, or teaching them to change the oil
in a car or change a flat tire will teach them to problem solve as well as
using logic and reasoning. This will help them in high school when they get a
flat tire on the way home from a date. Being involved in repairs and
maintenance around the house teaches kids to be self-reliant and confident. It
teaches them to be hard workers and to appreciate their belongings.
Teaching your child to effectively manage time is a
priceless skill. They can use this skill at home on Saturday when they have
chores to do, they can use it when completing homework assignments, and they
can use it when they are planning a date. When your child manages their own
time, they will learn the value of time and make the most of their time. People
that can independently manage their own time are highly sought after in the
work force. This is a skill that will be wildly helpful if your child goes on
to college. They won't have anyone looking over their shoulder in college to
help them manage their time. Helping your child learn to manage time now is a
skill that will benefit them forever.
Teaching these skills to your children before high school
will help them be successful in school and throughout their lives. Teaching
these skills from a young age and ingraining them in your child will allow them
be more independent in high school while they continue to practice these
skills. When they go off to college they will be leaps and bounds ahead of some
of their classmates and they will continue to perfect these skills. They will
grow to be responsible, smart adults. Focus on ways now that you can
incorporate and teach these skills to your child. It will greatly benefit them
in the future!
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