These days we live in a world of instant everything. You really don’t have to wait long for anything. TV shows and films can be streamed within seconds, you can get next day delivery on pretty much any product. There are so many things I value that I want to teach my children, and make sure they understand growing up. I thought I would list some today!
1. To be patient
In this age of technology and having everything in an instant, I feel like we aren’t teaching our children the art of patience. We can find the TV show they want to watch straight away. There’s no such thing as dial up internet. We just don’t have to wait for anything. I want to make sure my children know they can’t just have it all when they want it.
2. That shops exist
This may sound like a bit of an odd one, but I want my children to know there are shops. I still enjoy online shopping, the weekly shop is 100 times easier online. But I think it’s also important to take our children to the shops, to do a weekly shop with them. They will learn a lot more than you realise. Counting fruit and vegetables out, adding prices together, or even how to make a fort out of packets of loo roll! There’s a lot to learn in a supermarket! I remember getting so excited to help my mum count out change to pay for something.
3. Where their food comes from
It’s astounding how many children don’t realise milk comes from a cow or that eggs come from chickens! I’ve already started trying to teach Oliver the association between the food he eats and where it’s come from. Even things like where fruit and vegetables come from. I want to grow vegetables in our garden and teach Oliver where his food comes from.
4. To boost their imagination
I want my children to be able to be able to imagine, to make up stories. I want them to be able to play and imagine another world, to be able to tell me the story they’re acting out. I try to limit screen time because I think too much screen time isn’t good for the imagination. Role play toys are really good to help boost imagination. I loved pretend play growing up and I want that for my children too.
What do you want your children to know when they grow up?