How to Teach Kids to be Incredible

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growth mindset for kidsBefore I go into how to teach kids to be incredible, let’s take a moment to evaluate what it takes to be a good teacher and a good mom.

What are the Qualities of a Good Mom?

If you’re like me you sometimes wonder –  Am I qualified to be a mom? Do I have the skills to be a good mom? Do I have the patience? Am I enough?

I’m here to tell you –

YOU ARE THE BEST MOM and TEACH EVER!

And how do I know this if I’ve never met you in person? Because you have amazing kids. They are talented, kind, ambitious and yes even a little difficult to handle sometimes. They are just like you, Amazing!.

This post is the road map to show you how to teach kids to be incredible. But first, you need to know just how amazing you are. Take a moment to realize you have all of the talents, abilities, qualities and skills to be an amazing mom. As an amazing mom, you are well qualified to teach your kids.

Here are a few ways you use your amazing qualities and teach your kids:

By Setting an Example

You set an example for your kids by showing them how they should live their life. When life gets hard, you don’t give up. You emulate the positive qualities you want to teach your kids. Each day you live your truth – and your kids know your actions match up with your words.

Now, you don’t always get it right. But guess what, no one does. In true form, you continue to set an example for your kids even when you make a mistake.  

You show your kids a mistake isn’t the end. A mistake is the beginning. The beginning of a process of figuring out how to do it better next time. You show your kids they need to try again and again until they get it right.  

As a Teacher

You are their first teacher. The trusted teacher they continue to rely on for love, support and encouragement. As your child’s first teacher, you know when and how to provide nurture and support.

You also know when your kids need independence. And along with independence, you know when you need to hold them accountable for their actions.

Being a Leader

As a strong leader, you know how to encourage your kids. You motivate and prompt them to take action. It is no small task to lead your kids through adventures like grocery shopping, airport security or navigating a public restroom.

You Keep Going

Life isn’t always easy, but you are strong. Your kids see your strength and know they can be strong too.

 

You are Uniquely Qualified as the Perfect Mom for Your Kids!

 

This post is the road map to help you best use your talents and abilities to teach kids to be their best selves. As you read this blog, my hope is you will experience a SPARK – a little burst that prompts you to act.

Here are a couple examples of what could happen after you experience a SPARK

  • Choose to follow the steps in a post to achieve a specific outcome
  • Laugh at a relate-able experience to get through a challenging day
  • Remember that it’s ok to make a mistake and allow yourself to be human
  • Remember that while you are human, a mistake usually means you need to apologize and commit to do better next time
  • Take an idea and do it in your own way to maximize the benefit for your kids

Now, let’s get to that road map. That guide to help you teach your kids to be INCREDIBLE

How to Teach Kids to be Incredible

The list of things you can teach your kids is super long. It’s not a list you can go line. Even if you made a list, it’s not something you could check off and then say- ok, I’ve finished this list and now my kids have learned everything they will ever need to know.

To keep things organized, I have three “how to teach kids” categories to help group all of these different lessons. 

1. How to Teach Kids to Take Care of Their Daily Needs

The first thing your new little baby will learn is how to start taking care of their own needs. They learn to walk, talk and feed them self. As kids gets older they will learn how to pick up their toys, get dressed and help with family chores. The goal is to have a kid who can take care of 100% of their daily needs. 

Here are some of the top posts that cover how to teach kids to take care of their daily needs.

Chores

As much as I would like the laundry and the dishes to go away, daily chores aren’t going away anytime soon.

Personal Finance

Kids need to understand how to make money, how to budget, and how to responsibly spend money. They should also know about bank accounts, interest rates, credit cards and investing in their future.

Basic First Aid

Not everyone can handle seeing the sight of blood, but it’s important to teach your kids how to handle a cut, a sunburn, a headache or other basic first aid situations.

Cooking

Your kids are more likely to eat food that they help plan and prepare. Learn how to involve your kids in the meal prep process.

5 Steps to Teach Your Kids How to Cook

Time Management

Every kid is born with talents, abilities and their own personality. Some kids are naturally early risers. Some kids use their time wisely, always get their assignments done on time and don’t complain. At least I’ve heard about kids who are like this. Maybe these “kids” are hopes and dreams that we as moms desperately want to come true.

In reality, most kids need to learn time management skills. They needs lots and lots of practice. And lots and lots of patience.

Examples of Skills Every Child Should Learn

As more posts are added, I will link them here. If you’re interested in seeing a long list of items you can start teaching your kids check out this post from the site How Does She – 50 Life Skills Every Child Needs to Learn.

2. How to Teach Kids Positive Character Traits

The first category is all about teaching your kids how to take care of their own daily physical needs. The second category is more about character traits, behaviors, and is less concrete than how to balance your checkbook. These topics can be taught at any age, but you can go more in depth as your kid grows and matures. 

As your baby grows to a toddler you teach about appropriate and inappropriate behavior. I have found the best success by reinforcing positive behavior and encouraging kids to be good. Yes, less than desirable behavior does need to be pointed out, but as kids get older they know when they haven’t made the right choice. Try your best to keep things positive and reinforce those positive behaviors.

Here are some of the top posts that cover how to teach kids positive character traits.

Responsibility

Teach Your Kids How to be Responsible

5 Steps to Teach Kids Responsibility

Raise kids that are Well Behaved

Every child is different. There isn’t a one size fits all formula to have perfect kids. Kids are kids and sometimes they just need a break. 

It’s also important to remember that just because a kid knows how to be well behaved, doesn’t mean they will choose to be well behaved. Sometimes as parents we need to ask Why. There are different ways to ask Why.

One way is (frustrated): Why? Why!!! Are you acting this way.

Another way is (curious): Why?? (Is there a reason why) are you acting this way?

Remember to use positive reinforcement and set realistic, yet high, expectations for behavior.

Goals

Why You Need to Teach Your Kids to Set Goals

Be Kind, Show Gratitude and Think of Others

25 Acts of Kindness for Kids to Practice

Super Easy Gratitude Craft for Kids (Using 4 Supplies you Already Have)

Family Service Project Ideas

The first category provides help as you teach your kids to take care of their daily needs and learn to be independent. The second category provides help as you teach your kids that they are responsible for the choices they make. They are also responsible for the direction they want to go in their life depending on the choices they make each day.

The third category provides help as you teach your kids that they are truly in control of their own life and they are capable of doing hard things and being truly incredible adults.

3. How to Teach Kids to be Independent Lifelong Learners

As kids become teens and then reach the upper grades of high school, they are working toward complete independence. The little baby who not long ago depended on you to feed, bathe and dress them can take care of more than just their basic needs. 

Even when you kids is an adult, you will continue to teach and encourage them, But, you will want your kids to learn from others. You want them to think for themselves and determine what values they are going to live by.

There will be a point where your kids will go off on their own. Yes, you will have taught them amazing lessons, but there is more to learn. They will need to be able to continue learning and doing for themselves.

Allow your kids to take on Responsibilities

Kids need the opportunity to take on responsibilities. They need to practice over and over again before they are ready to venture out into the world on their own.

Try, Try Again

When you’re learning a new skill, it’s not realistic to think you’ll get it right the first time. Why would we expect our kids to get it right the first time? Kids are going to mess up, but need to be encouraged to keep trying.

Your Role as the Teacher of a Teenager

Teenagers. This is a super fun transition I am just starting as a mom. I’m excited to have you join as I learn!

Final Thoughts

This post is the road map to show you how to teach kids to be their best selves. As an amazing mom, you are well qualified to teach your kids.

You’re not just teaching your kids how to be incredible, so you look like an amazing parent. You’re teaching them, because you want your kids to have joy and happiness in their life. Kids live their best life when they take ownership for the things they can do and develop skills to learn how to do more. 

This post is full of ways to help you teach your kids how to:

This road map shows you how to use your talents and abilities to teach kids to be their best selves. As you read this blog, my hope is you will experience a SPARK – a little burst that prompts you to act.

Here are a couple examples of what could happen after you experience a SPARK

  • Choose to follow the steps in a post to achieve a specific outcome
  • Laugh at a relate-able experience to get through a challenging day
  • Remember that it’s ok to make a mistake and allow yourself to be human
  • Remember that while you are human, a mistake usually means you need to apologize and commit to do better next time
  • Take an idea and do it in your own way to maximize the benefit for your kids

Being a mom and teaching your kids how to be amazing requires a fine balance. You won’t always get it right and you will make mistakes. But the most important thing you can ever do for your kids is to love them. Show them you love them, tell them you love them and hug them!

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