6 Important things you should teach your children before they turn 5

Education is very important for our children and there is no greater powerful tool to survive in this world than knowledge. The knowledge they gain from school, books and teachers can help them land in a decent job, establish a successful career and grow their bank balance but are we really focusing on what they should know to lead a meaningful, satisfying and a peaceful life?

These are the important life lessons every kid must be taught before they turn five, in order to make them a better human being with good human values.

1. Appreciate your family

Kids must be taught to appreciate the efforts taken by parents to make their life comfortable. We, the parents, go out of our way and strive really hard to bring smile on our little one’s face and it is important that our kids know what we are going through. It will help them understand the value of family and how important it is to be on family’s side all the time. You don’t have to expect them to be grateful and expect them to return whatever you do but make sure they are aware of the hard work, care and time you spend for them.

2. Be compassionate and kind

It doesn’t matter how successful you are at your profession, if you don’t appreciate kindness and compassion, then you are definitely a failure in life. Every life on this planet needs love to survive. I cannot stress more on thiz value. Spending time with animals and visiting grandparents often can help them develop these qualities.

3. Be honest and truthful

Anybody can be successful in this world but if that success needs to be permanent, one has to be sincere and genuine. Even if they lose at some point in life, one can be victorious again if they have these values. So, teach your kids to be very honest at all situations and not be afraid to speak the truth even if it means that they are going to face problems.

4. There is no other thing like hard work

Hard work has no substitute. If you need to achieve something, we have to work for it. If we don’t achieve it, we haven’t worked hard enough. It is that simple. We have to emphasize the importance of labor to kids really early but I have to add here that don’t be hard on them and force them to work hard to earn good grades. Show them real life examples and inspire them to strive hard in the right way to be successful.

5. Time Management

Teach your kids the value of time and how to manage it efficiently. For young kids, parents can prepare a schedule and help them stick to it. Keep telling them what they are supposed to do at that specific time. For example, before having breakfast tell them it is breakfast time and after that it is time for music lessons and then it is time to have a nap etc. Help them finish the particular task within the time frame and reward them for being punctual.

6. Show respect to everyone

Respecting everyone and giving everybody a fair chance is something that even certain adults must learn. Teach your kids to show respect to others by being thankful, giving space for others to speak and taking time to listen, encouraging fellow kids and standing up for the weak.

According to me, these are the most important lessons your kid has to learn before he/she turns five. I would also like to add that, we cannot sit and force them or lecture them to develop these values. We have to show them by being an example. We have to incorporate these ethics in ourselves first before expecting our little ones to have these in them.

16 Comments Add yours

  1. Hi momma! You are so on point, and agree with all 6 lessons. I absolutely agree, we cant just lecture them on how to act or how to be, we need to show them through our actions. I have 2 older children, now 17, and 20 (I had them in my teens) Looking back as I raised them, I did something right with them – now they are respectful young men, kind, thoughtful people, responsible, hard working honest people. They think of others before themselves, and how can they help others. Now that I have my little girl, I will do as I did with my boys!

    Your little girl is the cutest!

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    1. Mommy Me says:

      Wow you must be really happy with the way they are in the society. You have done a great job as a mother. Well done, mommy! No doubt, your little one is also going to be just as fine as your boys.

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  2. We have 12 grandchildren…hope to pick up tips here. Thanks for the follow.

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    1. Mommy Me says:

      You have a great blog and thanks for the valuable comment.

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  3. Excellent advice. I couldn’t agree with you more.

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    1. Mommy Me says:

      Thank you so much!

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  4. Dear Mommy, this is very informative post for all new moms. I hope it is read by lots of moms who have their first born!

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  5. Mommy Me says:

    Thanks and glad you found it useful 🙂

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  6. Mackenzie says:

    First of all, you have the cutest little girl. Also, I do agree with all your points and it is important to starting teaching them it at a young age, like you suggested.

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    1. Mommy Me says:

      Thank you so much for taking time to read this article. keep supporting 🙂

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  7. Mackenzie says:

    Even though I don’t have kids myself, I know of this article that has helped people with children. May I share it with you?

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    1. Mommy Me says:

      Thanks for your comment and yes, please do!

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  8. Mackenzie says:

    I am sorry for all the messages. (I am new at this) So the first thing mentioned in the article was to teach your children self-control. Do you think this is important? Why or why not?

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  9. Mommy Me says:

    I think self-control is something that should be self-taught and its a virtue that an individual should develop himself rather than forcefully telling them not to do something they love to do. As a parent, we can keep telling them the consequences but to teach them to control their desires and emotions at young age may not be good for them. Instead, parents can be a live example and show them how to do certain things within limits and not obsess over them.

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  10. Christy B says:

    Excellent, especially the part about respect. Too often I’m disappointed in how few teens keep the door open for me when I’m right behind them going into a store or restaurant. Respect seems like a simple thing but its absense is huge.

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