As parents, we have a responsibility to our children, not only to guide them safely through childhood but also to give them the best possible chance as adults as well. Of course, to be successful at the latter, there are some important skills that we must teach them while they are still young. Keep reading to find out what they are, and how to make sure your child is proficient in them by the time they become an adult. 

Learning how to manage money 

You would think that in a capitalist society, a skill like money management would be taught both at home and school. However, for many children, this is not the case. Indeed, too many kids enter adulthood having no real idea on how to manage their money, or even do very simple financial tasks such as open a bank account or create a budget. 

Fortunately, there are several activities that you can do with them as they grow up that will help to ensure your children never find themselves clueless about money management. In particular, make sure to provide them with an allowance that they get used to controlling themselves. Of course, it’s best to exchange this pocket money for chores done, as otherwise, you may be giving them the message that money is just handed out rather than earned. 

Also helping them through the process of setting up a bank account, and making a budget can be small, but very useful ways to ensure they have the financial skills to flourish. 

Learning how to swim 

Swimming is a hugely valuable skill for you to teach your child. Indeed not only is it an excellent form of low impact exercise, but it can save their life as well. Many parents like to invest in swimming lessons for their children while they are still young in case they do happen to get into difficulty in the water. The reason being that they will have the skills needed to stand a much better chance of survival. 

The good news is that even if you haven’t got a home pool you can hop online and search for a swim school near me to secure your child’s lessons. Many swim schools offer lessons for all ages from babies to adults, which shows it’s never too late or too early to learn this life-saving skill! 

Learning How to Cook

Everybody eats, and in addition to keeping your child healthy once they have grown up and moved away from home, there are other advantages to be reaped from teaching them to cook. 

The first is that being a decent cook is nearly always seen as a valuable skill in relationships or living situations, something that means they may be able to use this skill to contribute to their household, family, or community. 

Secondly, teaching your child to cook is a fun way of spending quality time together. Therefore you are not only setting them up with an important skill but showing that you love them by spending your time with them and making wonderful memories on which to reminisce once they have grown up.


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