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Every parent wants their kids to be as equipped for the world at large as possible. And so, many parents will go to great lengths to try and teach their kids about the importance of doing chores at an early age, saving up money in a piggy bank, and always cleaning up their room.
Then, aside from the importance of tidiness, there are all the academic facts you might want your child to know – and in order to ensure that they’ve been learning what they need to learn at school, you’re likely to look over their homework with an eagle’s eye, and to provide them with plenty of interesting child-friendly encyclopedias, and history books.
Here are a few additional useful ideas you might want to add to the list of things to teach your kids at an early age.
A second language
Adults often put in an incredible amount of effort, and struggle substantially, to try and learn new languages. Especially if they made it to adulthood only speaking one.
Research seems pretty clear on the fact that kids who learn multiple languages in childhood, find it significantly easier to learn additional languages later in life.
Languages learned in childhood are also often learned without accents, and to a high degree of fluency.
It is, of course, best if you teach your child languages that they have some connection to it – such as through family heritage – rather than just ones that you think would be practical for them to learn. Not least of all, this kind of connection will make it easier for all parties to stay motivated.
How to swim
Swimming is something that should be considered an essential life skill, even if you live nowhere near the sea, and do your best to avoid large bodies of water.
Even if you don’t enjoy being in the water – maybe especially if you don’t enjoy it – learning to swim is a vital skill, because it can legitimately save your life in the event of an accident.
Teaching your kids how to swim at the earliest possible point helps to ensure they are equipped with this vital skill throughout their lives, and better protected against potential trouble. It also helps that they can have fun at the beach.
Simply searching for terms such as swimming lessons near me should give you a good selection of child-friendly pools you can visit.
How to play a musical instrument
Music is a big part of most of our lives, and many of us find ourselves wishing that we knew how to play instruments, and make music of our own.
Getting your child enrolled in music classes at a young age is a good way of opening this particular door to them. And, once they understand how to play one instrument, they will likely find it easier to figure out others, too.
Ideally, you will have a chat with your child once they’re old enough to communicate clearly, and discuss the different instrument options with them – and then pick one that they enjoy.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.