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10 Things Parents Should Make Their Children Do
When children are really young parents have such a tight reign on them, but it seems as children mature those parental reigns loosen. Parental reigns should always be in place, but gently guide their children a little differently as they mature. I remember when my parents made me do certain things I did not want to do, but when it was all said and done, I was glad they made me do those things – what were they? Volunteer, going to camp, going to church with them, and learning to sew, just to name a few. Children today are so preoccupied with technology, celebrities, and reality TV, but what about world view, financial responsibility, behavior management, character building, and giving to others? Some parents seem a little hesitant about making their children do certain things because it might offend the child, but who are the parents here? Children don't and can't raise themselves.
Think about how your child would benefit from these 10 activities.
1. Depending on the child’s age, have him or her watch a half hour of the evening news at least twice per week with Mom and Dad. Children need to know what is going on in the world in which they live. If they have any questions about what they saw they can do research on the Internet to get more answers, or ask Mom and Dad. Having your child watch the news is helping them become "glocal" (global and local) minded. Having your child watch the news may help form a view of how they can help improve or contribute to making the world a better place in which to live.
2. Take a speech class which is certainly needed in our society. What is speech class? Speech class is what it implies - learning how to write speeches and learning to communicate in front of a group or one on one. In speech class your child will learn that there are different ways to write a speech - informative, demonstrative, and persuasive. A speech class will help improve your child's vocabulary and help them to be more confident in their language. Speech class will also help your child to enunciate their words better. There are fun games that your child can play in speech class as well. For the younger child games like naming animals, naming colors, and role playing are great to help improve a child's speech. For the older child games in speech class may include explaining how to put something together, telling about a positive life experience, or interviewing one another.
3. Own some type of pet - don't stop reading! Get a pet that is low maintenance. Why should a child own a pet? Here are some reasons:
- Pets are good listeners when your child needs to vent.
- Most pets love unconditionally.
- A pet helps a child learn how to take care of a living thing.
- A pet gives a child something to love other than Mom, Dad, sister, or brother.
- Statistics have proven that pets help to lower blood pressure.
- Pets provide companionship and reduce feelings of loneliness.
4. Take a class on fiscal responsibility. With the right financial class children can learn about Roth IRAs, savings, and investing. Of course some of these classes may be too advanced, so children can start off playing money games which a lot are offered on-line, and these games make learning about money fun and exciting. Money games that can be helpful to kids are:
- Monopoly Board Game
- Payday Board Game
- Moneywisekids - http://www.moneywisekids.com
- Money Bags Board Game
- Easy Money Board Game
- Exact Change - http://exactchangegame.com/MoneyGames
- Money Instructor - www.moneyinstructor.com
- Sweet Money Secrets - http://sweetmoneysecrets.com
- Kids Money Farm - http://www.kidsmoneyfarm.com/how-to-write-a-check.htm
5. Take a class on how to start a business. Have your child research other youth who have built successful businesses. Purchase your child a book on how to start a business.
6. Take a tour of a youth detention center. This can most certainly deter any adverse behavior that parents might see evolving in their child. Contact your local Police Department to see if there are any programs for kids. There are times when Police Officers will come to schools for career day and talk about having to deal with young people, and what can happen to them in jail or prison.
7. Take a cooking class. As your child gets older he or she might not be so prone to eat out all the time if he or she knew how to cook, and especially cook the things they enjoy eating. There are free cooking classes in every city you just have to find them. Check out this Chef's Academy for kids, if it's in your area.
8. Read the biography of a successful person. A lot of times someone else’s success can inspire and encourage. Have your child research the life of a successful person and document what they like about what that person accomplished, and how what they did impacted them.
9. Learn how to write checks. Yes, some people still write checks, and if you're one of those people then your child should know how as well. Have your child write out the checks for bills and leave them for you to sign. Teach them that a safe way to deposit a check someone gives them is not only to sign the back of the check, but to write "For Deposit Only" on the back too. Teach your child to keep checks safe by putting them under lock and key. Use this cool website to teach your kids how to write a check.
- Teach Your Child to Write a Check « Teach Kids How
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10. Take a Self Defense class. Nowadays, this is a necessity. With the onset of bullying, it would be an excellent idea for our children to learn to defend themselves. It's not for them to be the bully, but to be proactive in their own preservation. To encourage your child to take a self defense class, take the class with them. Research your local youth organizations or your local Police Department which may offer five to eight week classes with each class lasting one to one and half hours.