What you can do now to help prepare your child for the future?
Whether you’re thinking about the next five years or the next twenty, preparing your child for the future is one of the most important jobs you have as a parent.
From teaching them basic life skills like cooking and cleaning to helping them become rounded individuals and think for themselves, equipping children with the tools that they’ll need to thrive is every parent’s responsibility. I want to make sure Oscar can clean and cook and fend for himself so one day he makes a great husband and father!
Ensure they have a great education
One of the best things any parent can do for their child is to get them the best education possible. We spent a long time researching our local prep schools and wanted Oscar to be happy and thrive wherever we chose for him. Not only will this stand them in great stead when it comes to higher education and career development but it will also help to give them a good work ethic and provide access to the most rewarding and challenging sports and activities.
Look for a school like St Faiths Prep School Cambridge which offers a challenging curriculum as well as a range of activities designed to provide an all-round education.
Boost their self-esteem
Being confident in yourself is an important part of growing up and is something that will help your children to succeed in education and in the work place. One of the best ways to do this is to enrol your child in a range of extra curricula activities. When Oscar starts school in a couple of weeks we have signed him up to a gymnastics class and I would love him to learn different languages from an early age.
By encouraging them get involved in various sports, clubs and organisations, you can help your kids meet new people, make new friends and learn new skills – all things that can really boost self-esteem and confidence.
Teach them good communication skills
Being able to communicate articulately and effectively is an important part of growing up and will help your child throughout their life. In order to teach good communication, you have to be able to communicate well yourself so if your skills are a little rusty it may be worth doing a little research to brush up on various techniques.
As well as helping your children to thrive as they grow up, these skills should also make it easier for you and your children to communicate through difficult teenage years and other awkward periods.
Though there are no hard and fast rules for preparing your children for the future, getting them a great education, boosting their confidence and encouraging them to think for themselves will all play a large part in providing them with the tools they need to thrive.
Disclaimer: This post is in collaboration with St Faiths Prep School, Cambridge