10 Skills Every Dad Should Teach His Children

cooking with dadThere are certain skills that every dad should teach his children, to help them flourish in every day activities.

One of the most amazing things about being a Dad, is passing on your knowledge and helping your children to lead fulfilling and happier lives. Children’s brains are like sponges, soaking up knowledge at all times, from meeting new people and visiting places, to trying something new.

With that in mind, here are 10 skills every dad should teach their children.

Juggling

Juggling is really good exercise, especially for the brain. It helps to relieve stress and improves learning. It’s also a great exercise to help improve hand-eye coordination and to focus on things more. If you want to teach your little one jungle, it’s easy! First of all, purchase a set of three juggling balls. Juggling balls come in a variety of sizes and materials, including a bean bag material, a soft cushioned material and a bouncy hard material. There are hundreds of online tutorials to follow to get you juggling in no time!

It’s essential to get lots of practice in, and remind your children that practice makes perfect!

Tell a joke

Childhood has its fair share of potentially awkward moments. To combat these, why not teach your children to have some funny jokes at hand, in case a small playground issue needs to be diffused. “What did zero say to eight? Nice belt!” and “What starts with an ‘e’, ends in an ‘e’ and has a letter in it? Envelope” are all handy little jokes that can easily be remembered!

Money skills

Helping your children to learn about money is a really important life skill to have.

You can start by exploring money with them, by going through coins and notes, and explaining what they are and what they’re worth. Even a simple trip to a supermarket can help, as it’s an opportunity to support your child to learn about reading and comparing prices.

Pocket money could also be an effective way of learning, too. Pocket money could be a way of showing how to look after your money and reasons to save it. As they get older, you could link pocket money to chores, so they could earn more money for helping out, which is a great way of passing on a sense of control and responsibility for money.

Cooking

Teach your children basics in the kitchen to master some basic recipes which they could make themselves – (if they’re feeling confident enough!). You could show them how recipes work and how to weigh and measure ingredients.

There are simple meals that you can create together, like pizza, fairy cakes or fruit salads. Children can be in charge of the toppings on a pizza, can decorate the cakes and can try new fruit when making a fruit salad.

Ride a bike

It’s a cliché but it’s true: Teach your child to do it once and they’ll never forget how. There are different methods to teaching your child to cycle, but a method that has worked for many is using stabiliser or holding the back of the seat as your child practises peddling. Both methods work and enable the child to feel confident and supported.

Say “I’m sorry”

It’s just two little words, but they can go a long way! It can be a difficult thing for anyone to say – especially for a child. But with practice and reinforcement, it can be learnt easily and used in the right situation with sincerity.

Road safety

Road basics can be taught right from the toddler stage, to ensure they are fully aware of road safety basics as they grow up. It’s self-explanatory, but be sure to teach your children to always cross on the safest place on a road, i.e. a zebra crossing or a subway. Teach your child the Green Cross Code and ensure that whenever your child is out, to be constantly aware of what’re happening around them.

Managing conflict

Arguments and disagreements are part of everyday life, but it’s how you deal with them that’s the most important thing. It’s important to explain to your children that any arguments or disagreements can be resolved by talking, negotiating, listening and explaining yourself. It’s something that we need to do as role models too, as children will copy you!

Make a paper aeroplane

Technology may evolve fast, but paper aeroplanes will always remain as pure magic; they’re also a great way to introduce children to geometry and symmetry. Transforming a sheet of paper into a soaring object shows children that it’s possible to creatively reimagine the world!

How to deal with stress and relax

It’s understandable for parents to get stressed, but it is important to make sure that any stress habits aren’t passed down to the next generation – which is easier said than done sometimes!

Whether you guide them towards exercise, mindfulness or a healthy diet, it shows that you can have a relaxed outlook on life and that you can do something to help with any stress or worry that may prevail.