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Essential life skills to teach your young child

Miniland Educational: Playing today, for tomorrow

By Miniland

July 18, 2017

8 Minute read

Trying to think of all the things that your child needs to learn before they hit school, never mind adulthood, is overwhelming at the best of times. Academically, your child has to be ready for kindergarten by being able to do basic reading exercises, knowing their colors and other small details.

However, it’s the other skills that are more essential; the life skills that are going to turn your children into functioning, well-rounded adultThese are the life skills that you should start teaching your children from a young age:

Saying yes and no

Teaching children the right times to say yes and no is essential for their development. When it comes to saying “no”, they need to learn that it’s not really okay to say it to everything that they don’t like or don’t feel like doing – such as eating vegetables.

However, it is essential for them to learn to say no when they feel threatened or uncomfortable in a situation. The same goes with yes. Teach them that it’s also okay to say yes to opportunities, and how to understand the right situations in which they should say yes.

Expressing gratitude

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Just like everyone else on the planet – your kids are going to experience highs and lows in their lives. They are going to be cheated, hurt, and let down and they are also going to be treated with kindness, loved and uplifted.

Teach your children to be grateful, not just for the things that they have, but also for the people who show them the good things in life and who help them when they are down. This could be a friend picking them up after a fall, or a teacher giving them a hug when they are sad – being grateful is hugely important.

Admitting mistakes

It’s important that your child learns that every action has a consequence and that taking responsibility for their actions is what is expected. If they make a mistake or do something wrong, they learn to be able to admit that they did it and accept the consequences of their actions. This produces more responsible adults in the long run.

Standing up for their beliefs

This world could always do with a little conviction, now more than ever. Teach your children to stand firmly in their beliefs, but to be open to other people’s opinions too. They should never be scared to express themselves. Teach them to defend others too. For example, they know that bullying is bad – so they should stand up for kids that are being bullied at school.

Understanding and identifying their emotions

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The saying goes “it’s easier to bring up strong children than it is to repair broken men.” Emotions are something that we all experience, and some people are simply terrible at dealing with them and this causes problems in adulthood.

Children often struggle to identify their emotions, and this is where you come in. Use yourself as an example, and things such as educational toys, that will help your child to identify and understand the emotions that they feel, and that others around them feel too.

By identifying and understanding emotions your child will be able to process what they are feeling in a more constructive and healthy way, and by understanding other people’s emotions, they will turn into empathetic and caring teens and adults.

At Miniland we have developed a range of educational toys specifically to enrich your child’s emotional development.

Our Emotions and Values educational toys were created to help children, and families, identify and understand the emotions that they feel. They will also learn how to process and react to their own emotions, as well as those around them, and in turn, help them turn into kind and caring children.

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