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Things to teach your kids
by On November 30, 2016
Those of us with children find we are always trying improve their lives. We want the best for them. We strive to make sure they are happy, and live long fulfilling lives. Unfortunately, we have no way to guarantee that will happen. All we can do is try our best, and teach them lessons along the way.

You have unlimited potential

There first lesson you need to teach your children is this: you can achieve anything. There is no limit to what you can achieve. If you’ve set your sights on something, and are passionate about it, you will be rewarded. Teach them that it is ok to have big goals. Sometimes these goals may seem unattainable. Dream big and you can do anything. Sometimes just having a challenge is enough to push someone to work harder. In the long run, this mindset will help your children accomplish anything. You only get what you work for. If you believe you can’t do something, then you won’t be able to. Always have confidence and push for what you want.

It’s okay to fail

Do you want your children to perform better? Teach them that it’s okay to fail. In the real world, you’re going to fail at something. That’s what gives some people their drive. Being able to get past the fact that you failed is a necessary part of life. Failure is a lesson, you’ll remember what went wrong and be able to correct it the next time around. Tell your children not to be afraid of failing. Instead, teach them to embrace their failures.

Your ideas are important

Ideas are the building blocks of every entrepreneur. Good business ideas are how companies get started. In order to grow a business you need to be able to address problems, and come up with ideas on how to fix them. Conversely, don’t force ideas. Let them come naturally. Teach your children that their ideas matter, and they are important to you. Show interest in their ideas and give them your full attention. The more comfortable they are sharing their ideas with you, the more they’ll come up with. Also, their ideas will get better and better over time.

Life is unpredictable

As adults, we all know that life isn’t a straight path. Things could change at any minute. This also applies to the business world. If you are not flexible with your business, you won’t be prepared when the unexpected happens. Teach your kids that life is unpredictable, you never know what will happen. That way, they won’t hyper focus on one path or idea. If a career path doesn’t work out them, it won’t be the end of the world. They’ll be able to roll with the punches, with a smile on their face.

Take time with decisions

Every so often you’ll make decisions that seem very easy. Other times, you may need to take a little bit more time coming up with an answer. There are different ways to make decisions and not all of them are right. Decisions that children make in their lives can be as simple as choosing what to wear. But teaching them how to make healthy decisions will set them up for success. Teach them how to weight the pros and cons of each decision.

Listening is essential

Lastly, your children need to know that listening is incredibly important. In fact, it might be the most important communication skill. Your children will be able to communicate more effectively. By listening to others they will form better friendships, and in turn better partnerships. It may be hard to teach your children to listen. The most effective way of teaching is leading by example. Listen to your children, show them that you are invested in what they have to say.