Here’s some intelligence for your family. 4 little lessons that every parent needs to impart to their children. We found these in Family Circle magazine.
- Your kids need to see you following your passion. In other words, don’t put off exercise or enjoyment ‘til after you do everything for everybody else. A recent poll found that 63% of teens and young adults say that parents are their primary role models for sports and fitness. So, if they see you do it, they’re more likely to try it, too. And as an added bonus: Hobbies and passions are proven ways to fight stress, boost creativity, and lessen depression.
- Talk family finances with your kids. A recent survey found that 4 out of 5 high school grads never discussed budgets with their folks. Which is why they’re clueless about saving and are in tremendous debt themselves by their mid-20s! So, next time the roof leaks, have a family brainstorming session about how to pay for the repair. Like postponing a vacation or cutting back on restaurant meals. Your child needs to understand that the mortgage, food, and repairs come before their next trip to The Gap.
- Don’t put on your game face when you fail. It’s healthy for kids to see that it’s normal to feel hurt, hopeless and demoralized by failure. It’s even better for them to see it can be an opportunity to grow, and learn how to pick up the pieces. It’s a lesson in resilience that’ll help them as adults. As long as you don’t go on-and-on when you’re upset, and back off when you see that they’re getting overwhelmed by your feelings, your kids’ll be fine.
- Insist on “family time.” Your teen might not thank you for starting a weekly tradition, like Friday Scrabble night. But do it anyway. Studies show that teens are more willing to talk when they’re doing something fun. Just make one rule: You can’t break your date – and neither can they. So, what will that teach your kids? That they matter more to you than anything else.