8 Things All Kids Need To Know

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Kids drive me nuts these days. (Or maybe it’s parents that drive me nuts). Many children spend more time playing on the i-pad than they do playing outside…and it shows. They aren’t learning to communicate or relate to others. Granted, every kid is going to spend some of their time in front of the TV, on the computer, or playing video games – but hopefully it’s mixed in with bike riding, reading, coloring, playing cowboys and Indians, doing chores, and playing baseball.

Here’s eight  things I think all kids should know how to do that will keep them happier, healthier, and help them to become productive adults.

All kids should know…

1. how to talk to an adult.
Make eye contact, speak up, and answer questions. This is more important than learning to text.
2. to respect everyone.
Everyone is worthy of respect, acceptance, and deserves to be heard. This is important with bullying being such an issue these days. Respecting people includes self respect! Kids shouldn’t sell themselves short.  They also deserve to be respected, and are worthy of peer’s acceptance, and deserved to be listened to.
3. how to answer the phone.
I prefer the “Doe residence, this is John speaking” version, but anything other than , “Hullo?” has my approval.
4. how to play pretend.
Whether it’s fairies, cops and robbers, or zoo animals — ALL kids should be able to entertain themselves with nothing other than their imaginations. No “devices” required.
5.  how to lose.
In the day and age when “every kids gets a trophy”, many kids aren’t taught how to lose – or that it’s OK not to win. In life you will not always be the winner. That’s a fact. And coming to terms with it sooner than later will be better in the long run.  Trying hard and doing your best should be more important than winning.  A child’s self worth shouldn’t be measured by wins or trophies.
6. the value of a dollar.
Make them work for something. They’ll be proud when they earn something themselves.  My kids do chores to earn money to buy each other Christmas presents. I think that’s more meaningful than just handing them each some cash.
7. how to try something new.
Its nerve wracking at any age to leave your comfort zone, but it will be easier as you get older if you have been trying new activities since a young age. This will help build self confidence.
8. that they are loved.
If kids were given a choice – listen to mom read a book out loud or play on the smart phone, I bet 99% would choose time with mom. Make sure you are spending quality time with your children. Sit down to eat meals together. Listen when they talk. Play games together.  Let them know how important they are.

These 8 simple lessons will help build our children and their futures.

About jenna

Jenna has been an oilfield wife for over 12 years. Her Hot Oil Man husband started working in the oilfield a few months before they were married. The oilfield has lead them all the way from Northern CO to Alaska, where they've lived in the Matanuska Valley for 4 years. The family consists of their two children; a strong-willed daughter age 10, and a goofy son age 7. And of course what family would be complete without a couple of dogs and rabbits thrown in the mix. Jenna is a stay at home mom who doesn't “stay at home” much, and enjoys gardening, baking, reading, watching movies, four wheeling, hiking, fishing, and LOVES shopping. Since moving to the last frontier they have also started home schooling, which is another adventure all it’s own.

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