Teaching kids life skills: Key to raising happy children

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We all want to raise a happy child who is self aware, self-motivated, self-contained and self-confident. Life skills help in developing the right set of attitudes and behaviours that will cultivate the best within them.

Life skills are skills that make my life more meaningful, positive and purposeful. Not just for myself but even for others around me. These are intra and inter personal skills that prepare us for success in the real world. Most traditional schools focus on only academic success, however we need to nurture our children’s emotional, behavioral and social well being as well.

Understanding positive individual traits involves the study of strengths and virtues, such as the capacity for love and work, courage, compassion, resilience, creativity, curiosity, integrity, self-awareness / knowledge, moderation, self-control and wisdom. Understanding positive psychology entails the study of the strengths that foster better communities, such as justice, responsibility, civility, parenting, nurturance, work ethic, leadership, teamwork, purpose and tolerance.

Today, more and more people are searching for information on how they can become more fulfilled and achieve their full potential. Interest in the topic has also increased on college campuses. In 2006, Harvard’s course on positive psychology became the university’s most popular class. Using strategies from positive psychology, teachers, coaches, parents, therapists, and employers can motivate others and help individuals understand and develop their personal strengths.

I have learnt from my parenting ride that “You cannot control your child’s peers and their parents. However you can teach your kids self control without trying to control them. You are their best role models. So you have to model self control yourself if you want your kids to mirror you. We have to help kids to really come into their own and become their best versions”.

Also read How to boost your child’s self-esteem in 3 simple ways

Nurturing your child’s self-esteem may seem like a hefty responsibility. After all, a feeling of self-worth lays the foundation for your child’s future as he sets out to try new things on his own.

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