10 life skills to teach young kids before age 10

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The public education system, characterized by rigid guidelines & intense focus on examinations, has had a long history of notoriety and conspicuous shortcomings.

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So much so that Mark Twain publicly vowed: “I’ll never let my schooling interfere with my education.”

Even Albert Einstein was incredulous about the formal educationsystem và observed that, “Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school.” Einstein went on lớn say: “It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.”

Children today go through an education system that largely imparts skill-sets based on what jobs were most in demand in the 1980s, not what is most applicable today or what might be applicable in 2030. But, jobs have shifted from manufacturing lớn the service sector & are now mostly linked lớn technology.

In the 1980s, industries ruled, personal computers were still fairly young & the mạng internet as we now know it was only the dream of sci-fi writers lượt thích William Gibson. We had no idea what the world had in store for us. Unsurprisingly, we still don’t know what the future holds for us.

Learning to lớn adapt khổng lồ an unpredictable, changing world

Modern society continues to create new ways of doing things and adopt new technologies for getting things done. Yet, despite our great strides in technology & advancements in science, we’re still not good at predicting the future, & probably won’t be for a long time. So, raising and educating our kids as if we have any idea what the future will hold, or as if the world is not changing, or as if the world has not changed one bit, is not a wise move.


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Instilling a passion for learning, however, is one of the best gifts you can give kids. By teaching children khổng lồ love learning, you teach them khổng lồ be flexible, open-minded & adaptable. You help them become problemsolvers & prepare them appropriately for anything by not preparing them for anything specific. Kids become more adept to giảm giá khuyến mãi with the challenges of an unpredictable, ever-changing world.

Of course, teaching kids how khổng lồ learn instead of what to lớn learn is a wild frontier that not many trod, but which can help kids not only survive today, but also thrive in the future. Here are some practical suggestions you can use lớn teach your kids how khổng lồ learn instead of what to learn.


1. Turn learning tasks into fun-to-do activities.

When you make activities fun and turn boring tasks into interesting ones, those activities become enjoyable & feel effortless. Children can easily pick them và enjoy doing them. For example, a child who discovers playing soccer is fun may practice her dribbling skills endlessly. Similarly, a child who is fascinated by superheroes may readcomic books voraciously.


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Be playful, use humor, let kids explore when learning. This playfulness will arouse curiosity and help the child discover learning can be fun. And when your child discovers learning can be fun, she’ll have intrinsic motivation to lớn learn more even when no one’s watching.

2.Emphasize making an effort more than talents.

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Stanford University’s Carol Dweck Ph.D., a pioneering researcher in the field of motivation và author of the immensely enlightening book Mindset, reveals that praising kids for effort, rather than their natural abilities makes them more willing khổng lồ take on challenges. So praise your child for making an effort to lớn learn and encourage him to lớn employ effective study strategies. For example, when studying for a mathematics test, bao tay that actively doing math problems works better than passively glancing over notes. Focusing on effort & strategies places your child on a path toward competence.

3.Clarify instructions & guidelines.

If your child tends to jump into tasks without reading & understanding instructions orguidelines, go over the instructions together with her before she begins work. It’s discouraging for children to lớn try hard at something và then hear, “You skipped an important part!” or “You did it all wrong!” Clarifying instructions beforehand can prevent wasted effort and bitter tears. Encourage your child lớn underline or circle key instructions and also to check off completed parts so that nothing gets missed. It will help her greatly.


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4.Provide a proper rationale for learning.

When your child understands why he needs to vày things, it becomes easier for him to vị those things. If your child doesn’t understand why he needs to bởi vì something, you will often hear complaints, such as “Why do I have lớn learn this boring stuff that I’m never going khổng lồ use?” Therefore, give your child a proper rational for learning that makes sense lớn him. For example, you could tell him he needs to lớn learn stuff because it gives hima chance lớn practice skills he’ll use throughout hislife, such as getting work done efficiently, getting information to lớn stick in his head và working well with others.

5.Hone your child’s problem-solving skills.

Ask your child calmly, & in the most appropriate moments by your own judgment, “What vị you think would help you get this done?” This question will jolt your child’s instinct và arouse her problem solving skills. You may have khổng lồ be persistent to encourage her to lớn move beyond complaints toward making a concrete plan. Once a child’s beyond complaints, you’ll both find the best solutions to lớn the problem as lack of motivation for learning often comes from children themselves.

6. Highlight your child’s progress.

Kids generally want khổng lồ please their parents so don’t be stingy with your approval. Appreciate effort và highlight progress. When a child sees his own progress, he feels capable & encouraged lớn keep learning. Break down big tasks into smaller, more manageable action-steps lớn help him see progress toward a goal. Remind your child how he initially struggled with a problem và then triumphed. This can be a big motivator that etches in the child’s psychic, proving invaluable in the future.