Raising children to become successful, happy adults can feel like a challenge at times. But it is not impossible to bring them up to become educated, independent thinking individuals. There are many things you can do that will direct the situations faced in daily life towards a positive learning experience. Here are a few ideas of what you can do to encourage your child’s learning opportunities on an everyday basis, especially if they are in elementary school.
Involve Them in Adult Errands
Don’t leave your child or children at home with your partner when you have errands to do. Take your kids with you. Involve them in the planning process. Give them each assignments that they are responsible to carry out. Let them see what it is like to have to make decisions alone, and to work together as a team. Give them a small amount of money to spend, and assign them with a group of items they need to buy with that amount.
You could ask each child to plan one meal, and then to find the ingredients needed for the meal within their budget’s constraints. There are many fun ways to teach children about different subjects and life skills.
Include Them in Discussions about Adult Topics
When you are discussing politics, finances, or any other adult topic, include your children. Don’t assume that they are too young to worry about it. Don’t assume they will assimilate these skills later on either, or glean them from someone else. It is amazing to learn of the large number of adults whose parents never taught them about basic life management, simply because the topic was awkward or difficult to teach. Allow your children the advantage of going into adulthood with a firm grasp of why they need to be involved as citizens, and what they need to do to provide a home for themselves and then manage it.
Turning Daily Life into Educational Opportunities for Your Elementary School Child