The 30 Imperatives of Parenting #15

The 30 Imperatives of Parenting #15

Apr 29

#15-Give them Keys That Open Doors

It may seem like a small thing in the vast array of things that we teach our children but something as simple as manners can help them be chosen by a future employee.  Simple etiquette will make a teen or young adult stand out from among their peers, even when interviewing for a job.

There are several small things that we can do to train our children in this area.  It can even start with toddlers but thankfully this is an area that is never too late to focus on.  Simply teaching your child to say please and thank you can do wonders.  Basic table manners is also an invaluable tool that will help your child in many areas from dating to dining out with clients.

A few other simple but valuable etiquette tools to teach your child are looking people in the eyes and having a proper response to people.  Teaching your child to look someone in the eye when they are talking communicates not only confidence but respect.  Another thing that communicates respect is the “yes sir/ma’am” and “no sir/ma’am”.  Basic manners will be something that sets your child apart from the rest.

 

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The 30 Imperatives of Parenting #14

The 30 Imperatives of Parenting #14

Apr 28

#14- Teaching How to Give

Another lesson that we train our children in that can affect adulthood is teaching our children how to give.  Teaching them from an early age to give is something that helps to take the focus off themselves and teaches them to be others focused.  There a several areas that our children can learn to give first is financially.  We dealt with this in our series on raising a financially mature adult, which we gave a link to in yesterday’s post.  Another area of giving is giving of yourself, your time and serving others.  Check out our series on teaching your child to serve by clicking here.

 

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The 30 Imperatives of Parenting #13

The 30 Imperatives of Parenting #13

Apr 27

#13- Teaching Money Management

Money management is similar to time management as a key to a balanced adult life.  It can also have far reaching impact if your child doesn’t know how to be responsible with money.  It is one of the top three reasons for marital conflict.  This is why we need to take training our children in this area very seriously as well as model money management in our own lives.  Check out our previous series on money management by clicking here.

 

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The 30 Imperatives of Parenting #12

The 30 Imperatives of Parenting #12

Apr 26

#12 Teaching Time Management

Over the next few days we will be discussing areas that we need to train our children in that will have an impact on their adult life.  The first is teaching time management.  Teaching our children how to order and manage their time is really key to ordering their life.  It is one of the keys to being a successful adult, being marriageable and employable, as well as being able to find the time to serve God where He has called you.  We spent an entire week discussing this topic. To check out our previous series click here.

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The 30 Imperatives of Parenting #11

The 30 Imperatives of Parenting #11

Apr 25

#11- The Importance of Unplugging

One of the things that technology is supposed to do is make it easier for everyone to communicate.  In fact, through things like facebook and twitter we can be updated on even the small details of what is going on in each other’s lives.  Through texting we can discreetly communicate small snippets of information.  Even email has replaced most interoffice communication and the need for buying stamps.  But with the need for instant communication we may be loosing the personal touch which comes with face to face communication.  There was a time when you wouldn’t think of telling something important over the phone because it was too impersonal.  Now we blast our important announcements over the social networks and twitter.

We need to be careful through all of this that our children don’t miss out on being taught how to communicate properly.  If the only way they are learning to communicate is through text and tweets, they are seriously missing out.  You cannot have a deeply heartfelt conversation about emotions through this venue.  That training takes lots of time given by mom and dad.  Make sure there are times of your day where there are “no cell phones allowed”, so your family can communicate to each other with some good old fashioned talking!

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