Growing up my parents often taught me alot of valuable things that they wanted me to learn , even as I
grew older some of the things that they had taught me are still a big part of my life today.
This is why it is very important as a guardian or a parent to teach these values as they will help boost and
promote our children to grow up and be better people, of course it is also mandatory for us to show our
children how to read which is also important. However there are somethings that have to be taught
specifically by us as services such as schools may not do it adequately.
The Seven Things Children Should Know
As kids get to grow up it is our responsibility to shoe them how they should grow because we are their
first teachers that they ever meet, that being said we have to set a good example for them in order for
them to be aspire to become better people.
Here are seven things that you might want to show them as they grow up, of course they might be
somethings I might have missed but this list will sort of give you a few ideas on the kinds of things you
need to impart in them.
1. Children Should Learn To Be Self Confident
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Being confident in your ability is a very important tool to have if you want to be successful in whatever
you are doing, this is why as their guardians we must try by all means to make sure that we show them
how to become more self confident at a very young age.
Showing them this at a very small age will allow them to build on this as they grow older making them
more likely to be successful in the things that they do, this will also translate into the school work they do
as well as in the decisions they make.
Confidence can also bring about self motivation which will enable them to peruse whatever they would
want to without having any doubts or even feeling the need to give up easily on whatever they are doing,
that being said always make sure that you give them enough credit in everything they are participating be
it in a school play , test , sports and any other events. Always let them know that you will always be there
to support them and even if they don’t perform that great try to encourage them as much as possible this
really helps in a boost in confidence.
This small boost in confidence will make your child believe in themselves more and make them thrive to
be the best they can be.
2. Children Should Learn The Value Of Hard Work
Another very important thing that kids need to know as they grow is learning the importance of working
hard, hard work is the key that opens doors to many opportunities in life and is usually the difference
between the people that make it and those that don’t.
Teaching them this skill will enable them to learn how to put in alot of effort in whatever it is that they are
doing and as it has been mentioned earlier parents are a child’s first teacher, that being said it is
important that we lead by example it can be in terms of the way we stay committed to our work or even
the way we show effort in the way we do things at home.
Leading by example will definitely make the young ones aspire to work just as hard as their role models
do , However it is important not to force your them into this but as it may take a while for them to do find the value of it.
Forcing them into working hard might just cause them to reject the whole thing all together which is not
what you want as a guardian , but slowly show them the value that they can gain from it as this will help
to drive the point home.
That being said hard work is a virtue that has to be made part of them, children usually learn by either
seeing or hearing then repeating making it your responsibility to be the best role model you can be.
3. Teach Your Children About God
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I find this point extremely essential because most parents nowhere days might not actually think that it
an an impact and often tend to underrate it, teaching children how to be God fearing at a young age is
something which can impact the way the live even as they get older and continue to develop.
Being a Christian I feel like most of the time we often neglect our children on this point, so it is very
important to spend time with our children and teach them the word of God. Its just as the Lord said we
have to show them the right path in which they should grow and one good way to do this as mentioned
previously is by leading by example, it is also very essential to encourage them to read the bible more
frequently in order to enable them to start reading it on there own.
Reading them fun and adventurous stories from they by will also help them want to explore more about
the bible, it is very essential to make learning a fun experience as this will make it more memorable for
them and also create a valuable bond between you and them which does come in handy.
This bond will make them more free to talk to you about things which they might be going through which
will allow you to provide the right amount of advice to help stir them in the right direction, however am
not here to change your views on religion but I believe this point is critical and you can also apply it to
your own faith if you like to try.
Keeping children closer to God will also help them to find there purpose in life sooner which will help
them stay out of trouble.
4. Teach Them Hoiw To Be Respectful
Coming from a background were I was always told to respectful to the elderly when I was young
encouraged me to try and be more be more at all times, this is why I feel young ones should know to
become respectful as they are growing up.
Being respectful not only allows you to become more polite like in my case but also affect the way the act
even when they are out on their own, this also allows them to show and have respect for what the have
been given this to is something they must learn.
It also helps children become well behaved and this will lead show humbleness as well as kindness even
to people they have just meet, humbleness and kindness are traits that have to be taught to
Showing them these values will help them be mindful of what they say to others as well as how their
actions that will affect others. One easy and common way of doing this is teaching children how to always
say please and thank you every time, although it might seem small and not be much as they use it more
frequently the more likely they are to adopt these traits.
Its on parents to provide the right kind of content which will help them grow well this can be either
through the make sure they watch appropriate tv shows, movies,books or even through the things that
they hear. Listening to the appropriate things will help them build their character quite alot and methods
like these have to be utilized more often.
The main thing that has to be gotten from this is that we have to be mindful of the information that we
make our children listen to , in order to make effectively teach them these values you must be able to
promote the right kind of content which will help develop their character.
5. Teach Your Children About Honesty
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When parenting it is always nice to make sure that your child will stay honest to you even when they have
done something that is wrong, hence making this a more valid reason as to why it should be learnt by
children from a young age.
Honesty gives young ones the ability to stay true and come clean, however it is important that even as
mistakes happen which they will try to keep a level head. Most of the time children become dishonest
with their parents because of the harness they might experience, however this doesn’t mean that you
should be soft on the but it means you should be able to find a way in which you can handle the situation
without them fearing to come clean.
If they grow up to be dishonest it will be much harder for them to be accountable for there actions which
makes it harder for them to stay out of trouble, however being accountable for their actions will allow
them to stay truthful at all times. Keeping them truthful from a young age will allow them to stick to it
even as they get older.
6. Kids Must Learn Patience
Teaching your child how to become patient might be challenging at first but its just one of those things
which you’ll have to do as a parent, teaching children how to be patient is very essential.
This allows children to be content with what the have and learn that good things come to those who wait,
however one thing to note is that patience comes with time and practise which is ironic because teaching
it requires you to have it so you’ll have to display patience as well.
If this is learnt it will help them stay calm and content even when things are not going the way they would
like them to go which is very good as this will prevent them from making decisions that the would regret,
helping them learn this trait would be a good way to go.
Another thing to add is that having patience also brings about gratitude making your child less envious of
what others may have, which can really go a long way when trying to model your child to become a better
7. Teaching The Importance Of Family
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Lastly showing them how to acknowledge the importance of family I think is on of the most valuable
things that parents should be able to educate their children on, as their guardians we should be able to
always show them the much needed love and support.
Showing them them an adequate amount of love and care will help them realize just how essential family
actually is, this is why it is very useful and a good practise to set aside a particular day in the week in
which you spend some quality time as a family.
This quality time can be used to build a bond between the parents and the children, you can spend it by
either going on a family trip or even by playing fun and interactive games in which everyone has to
If this is done more frequently this will not only increase the strength of the bond between the you and
your young ones but also strength the bond they have as siblings which can be very vital when ensuring
that all members stay in contact even as they get older, these activities help to make siblings look out for
In ending this post the key things to note are that showing your child valuable morals does in fact enable
them to become much better people in society, however these morals have to be taught and it is up to us
as the elderly people in their lives to help in part these values.
Imparting these things does take sometime to do but with the right amount of effort you will be able to
add more value to in their lives, using the appropriate resources is very important as children are easily
impacted by what they see or hear.
Leading by example is one of the key things you might need in order to achieve this because the way you
do things now will determine whether your child will be aspire to be more like you, remember you are the
child's first teacher so they will want to learn most of the things from you so just try your best to be the
best role model you can.
In teaching there is patience so make sure not to pressure your child into these things but rather try to
build a bond with them , this bond will make it easier for you to show them the value of having such traits.
As always don’t try to be a perfectionist but just try your best to help your child be the best version of
them they can be.