Our society is structured so that most people receive their education by going to school, although many parents have taken on the role of teacher by homeschooling their children. However, even parents whose children go to public or private school can still supplement their children’s education by teaching them a variety of things that will help them to face the world on their own.
Look for ways that you can incorporate educational lessons into your daily life. For example, when your children go shopping with you, get them involved in figuring out how much things cost. Suppose you are shopping at a rack with a posted sign of 20 percent off. Teach your children how to figure out how much the item will actually cost. This will be a lot more fun for them than if you were to announce that you were going to sit down with them and work on percentages. When you apply educational lessons to their daily lives, children are much more receptive to the learning process.
Think about some of the things your child may not learn at school and look for ways to teach these things at home. For example, you can turn a cooking show into a lesson and a family meal. Bring your kids into the kitchen and let them help you prepare a meal that you’ve seen prepared on television or online.
You can teach children about money by opening a bank account and teaching them how to balance a checkbook. Allowances can be used to teach children how to save, how to give, and how to spend wisely.
Even vacations can present wonderful opportunities to teach children valuable lessons. When you make learning fun, children are much more receptive to the process. By teaching your children valuable lessons that will help them to be happy and productive adults, you will raise children that are ready to face the world on their own.