Being a parent comes with a certain collection of responsibilities. Teaching your children is one of the more important responsibilities a parent has to their child, as knowledge truly is power in this world.
As a parent, you want to equip your children with the tools they need to succeed in society. When you expand their base knowledge, you also expand your child’s potential. Here are a few creative ways to teach your children useful life lessons without boring the hell out of them.
Travel is a beautiful learning experience
Traveling around the world, or even around the nation, will inevitably lead to a few quality learning experiences. Kids do not forget that Italy is the boot-shaped country on the map when they have actually been there.
Physically visiting a place turns lessons into memories. The best way to learn how to swim is to jump into some water. The best way to learn about the culture of California is to visit Los Angeles or San Francisco. Give your children tangible experiences to build intangible knowledge.
A lesson in finances
A fun way to build a connection in a child’s mind and our nation’s chosen currencies is to find a way to make it profitable. They may be kids, but they already understand the beneficial properties of “he who has the gold.” Unfortunately, our 1st world mentality is ingrained early in the minds of our kids.
Regardless, try offering money for knowledge. First, give them a small lesson in the history of the penny (for instance). For every piece of information they can recite back to you after an hour, they will gain a penny. Do the same exercise for each denomination, and their drive for learning will not quickly subside.
Teach geographical lessons with puzzles
Not everyone has enough money to take a trip to Italy as a geography lesson, but we can all afford a few puzzles. Keep your kids interested in the layout of the Earth by working a few intricate puzzles with them.
Erecting a puzzle mixes the kinesthetic and visual learning types, providing two different ways for the information to stick to your kid’s brain. Even if they do not really want to learn, they will eventually remember the information.
Teach your children through crafts
When your kids are younger, teaching through arts and crafts is one of the most effective ways to drive the message home. Simple lessons like learning to tie their shoes can be made into fun with a little cardboard and some string.
Draw the shape of a shoe on the cardboard, and poke holes to weave a shoestring through. Let your child use the cardboard setup to practice their tying skills.