There are a few things that I feel are never too early for our kids to start learning. Whether it’s in an effort to help them protect themselves, better themselves, or protect and help others, there are certain skills in particular that I think can pay off learning early. Therefore, I’ve started doing my best to teach our kids these aspects of life in hopes that it will make their future existence in society just a little bit easier. Here are a few of the main aspects that I’m currently focusing on with our five-year-old.
I really wish they taught etiquette classes in school as it seems to be a fading aspect of our society these days. Even when it comes to just simple things like holding doors, saying “please” and “thank you,” and moving aside when walking down the sidewalk, I’m noticing a significant change lately in the general politeness of society. Therefore, I’m making an effort to point these things out to our five-year-old so as to teach him the correct way to do things, even if others aren’t making the same attempt.
Rules of the Road
I’m amazed just about every time I get out on our Chicagoland area roads of the disregard for traffic laws, patience, and general vehicle safety among drivers. My wife and I make it a point not to drive and text or talk on a cell phone. We point out to our children when drivers make poor or dangerous decisions (which is a regular occurrence when out on the road) due to their attention being focused on their phone. We also talk about safe following distances, how weather-related changes can affect driving conditions, how we watch out for other drivers and not just ourselves when driving in an effort to preempt their poor driving decisions, and discuss other driving safety issues. Since we’re all trapped in the car together, this can make for a great opportunity to turn down the radio and converse about not only traffic safety issues but about other learning items as well.
With a large portion of my life and work focused around personal finance topics, I feel strongly that it is an important subject to learn early on in life. I read horror stories online almost daily about poor decisions made by people due to their ignorance regarding personal finance. And while I’ve made a few major errors of my own in this area, it doesn’t mean that I’m not going to do all I can to make sure my kids have a great personal finance education in an effort to help them avoid as many issues in this area of life as possible. This is the reason we’ve started things like coin collecting, an allowance, keeping piggy banks, and even playing money related games like seeing who can find the most loose change on the sidewalk when walking around town. Even such simple things can help heighten the awareness of money and personal finances with our kids.
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