As kids start going to school, they build their first connection with the outside world, from a little and limited perspective of course. They leave their own bubble of family and friends and start to spend more time away from their parents with new classmates and teachers. Usually, it is every parent’s concern to prepare their kids for school on an educational level. But while this is something they will already learn at school, there are other invaluable pieces of advice you need to teach them to prepare them for the world outside their homes.
1. Tell them to treat others just as they would like to be treated. Raise them to be kind and empathetic. Teach them that bullying is not cool and doesn’t make them look powerful and popular. Let them know that what they inflict on others in their childhood is probably going to grow with them as they age.
2. Talk to them about sharing. As the old saying goes ‘Sharing is caring'. Teach your kid to share things with other kids when they need it like their toys, a cookie, or a sandwich. Sharing teaches kids to be givers and to think of others.
3. Raise them to become honest. Talk to them about the importance of honesty and help them become so by never scaring them away if they ever do mistakes. Tell them it’s ok to do mistakes. Teach them to correct their mistakes, learn from them but never lie about them. Teach them to be honest to you, their teachers, and to their friends.
4. Teach them respect. Tell them they should show respect to everyone irrespective of their age, religion, background, ethnicity, or beliefs. Tell them that everyone deserves to be respected and that when they show respect they earn it back.
5. Talk to them about differences. Tell them that we’re all not the same and that is totally ok. We all have our differences, we were not brought up the same and maybe not everyone around us has grown up as privileged. Teach them to accept all people despite their differences because to others, we might be different too.