You’ve just had your first child. Congratulations are in order, first off. You’ve joined the rarefied group of people who have been directly responsible for bringing a new life into the world, and you’ve just been blessed with someone magnificent who you’ll never forget to love with all your heart throughout the rest of your life. But we know here that it can be difficult to cope with. There are so many things you need to do to bring up a healthy and happy youngster. Teaching them the ways of the world is important, so we’ve compiled a list of 5 Things Every Parent Should Teach Their Child.
Number one: Possibilities are limitless
Don’t try and make your baby fit into stereotypes. If he’s a boy and happens to like playing with dolls, then let him do so. Trying to make sure people adhere to social norms is something which can cause developmental problems and can halt a child’s true potential from happening. The way the world works these days, anyone can make anything of their lives. There are no closed doors. Make sure that in the home and in their formative years, you aren’t shutting off any paths down the road of life either.
Number two: Playing nice is important
Your baby will quickly learn as they grow up that there are good and bad people in the world. They may meet others in playgroup who are not willing to share their toys. These people will grow up to be resented, and will not work well in a team. Those bad players often find from this that they have to make their own way in the world without any outside help, because people shun them. Employers certainly will. Teamwork and friendliness is important.
Number three: Have a varied language
Shakespeare sure didn’t limit himself to the basics of language. One of the most rewarding things a parent can do in the formative years for a baby in the long run is to teach them every word the parent knows – and a few more they don’t. Being able to express oneself is the way to get ahead in life. Those with larger vocabularies are proven scientifically to succeed further.
Number four: Teach them Mandarin
Being bilingual is something that almost all children across this globe can claim to be, except for western English speaking ones. That really is a major failing in our system. However, it needs to be addressed. China is the world’s fastest growing economy, and by the time your baby is a fully grown man or woman, it’s likely they will be doing business in Mandarin, rather than Chinese businessmen speaking English to them. Educate them early to make sure it sticks.
Number five: Make your own way in the world
Teaching a baby to be independent is a vitally important thing. Though people don’t want to think about it, there is a time when you won’t be around anymore, and a child will have to fend for themselves. Removing the support system on rare occasions and letting baby get on with life themselves can be helpful for them. Just make sure you’re there in case things get too difficult for them.
There, then, are 5 Things Every Parent Should Teach Their Child to make it big in this world. Equipped with these lessons, they can go out there and make their mark on life. They will thank you for your guidance when they’re older.