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10 Things Children Need to Learn in Childhood to Become Happier Adults

Your child needs to receive an adequate amount of information around them in the early stages of their life. Children have a powerful brain that is programmed to assimilate information on-the-go, and they can develop the basis for their language and self-image just when they are young.

This is why some certain things need to be learned and taught to a child in their early years. This helps a child build a strong foundation that allows them perfect and master each skill and are able to handle even more complex tasks when they reach adulthood.

What can you teach your kid now you ask?


Well, here is a list of skills you can teach your child and help them develop that would be useful to them when they become adults.

1. A second language

A study suggested that kids that learn a second language adapt even more quickly to change, have a general understanding of languages, and have a better memory. A second language also helps your child ease of communication in other countries and also help them build more career options.

Scientists from Rotman Research Institute in Canada, learning and speaking of a second language programs the brain to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease in old age. Your child could learn tons of languages, and some of them include Mandarin, French, Spanish etc.

2. Swimming

This is one of my favourite physical activity, and it’s been noticed that practising at least one physical activity can help you live a healthier life. Swimming is a form of exercise that not only saves a life in extreme circumstances but also helps strengthen the body from the limbs (external), aiding in proper coordination, and your lungs (internal). Spending some time in the pool or large body of water helps your brain function better and healthier.

3. Playing an instrument

It was discovered in a publication in The Journal of Neuroscience that learning to play an instrument improves auditory functions and helps slows down the deterioration of brain capacities that are only natural to ageing. This happens when an instrument is being played by us, many brain systems are being activated. Brain systems such as the motor, auditory and perception. A child who knows how to play at least one instrument have better chances of expressing themselves creatively and communicate better.

4. Dancing

Hyperactive children have their performance improved if they dance more often, a study from the Karlstad University revealed this. Dancing allows for physical communication and expression through the body. With the aid of music, dancing also encourages creativity, motor skills, social skills and boosts self-esteem. This also helps to expose the child to different socio-cultural groups, hence, making them more open-minded.

5. Recycling

Teaching your child to recycle helps to teach them how important our planet is and how important it is to take care of it for the next generations. Recycling improves creativity and Psychomotricity in kids, helping them understand how best to dispose of and reuse some things. Ecoembes located in Spain encourages recycling in schools. This helps to raise the awareness of consumption and care of the environment.

6. Cleaning

Cleanliness, as they say, is not far from godliness. This is why hygiene and order are an essential aspect of every human life. Cheesiness not only helps you maintain a healthy life, but it also helps to make better mental decisions and have them organised and structured. In some schools in Japan and Nigeria, cleaning one’s classroom and school environment is part of the educational system.

7. Sense of orientation

Permitting the development of your kid’s sense of direction is good for the development of their brain, causing them to behave well wherever they are, especially in your absence. There is a study that reveals that there is an internal GPS responsible for the creation of networks in our neurons which feeds our sense of direction and helps the brain to plan routes, as we continue learning, improving decision-making processes.

8. Cooking

Children love to eat. It is an important part of growth. However, how many children are interested in learning to cook? Almost all of them if you asked me. This is not because kids are curious and are willing to learn new things. Why not take the time to allow your children to spend some time with you in the kitchen so they can improve their relationship and connection with food.

This helps them interested in more healthy foods than junk foods, improve their sense of creativity; especially when they want to cook for themselves and help them make better food choices. Teach them what each food does to the body, and they can have them edible. And you could have them do some kitchen chores as well.

9. Using money

Financial responsibilities, as we get older, gradually becomes ours, and we could make mistakes if we aren’t prepared. It is best you let your kids know that money is a tool and not a reward. Also, make them understand that it is essential to save but even more critical to save wisely.

10. Expressing their feelings

Happiness is subjective, so it is proper to say one can’t be happy all the time. Some circumstances can trigger uncomfortable emotions in us that are unavoidable. Teaching your children from an early age how they can identify these feelings, accept them, and communicate them properly is something that they will be grateful to you for forever. Emotional intelligence will help your child to make confident decisions and react appropriately in complex situations.

It is also crucial that you teach your child to relax or meditate. Teaching your child how to take breaks helps them adapt better in any given environment, reduce stress level and also reduce any possibility of contacting stress-related illnesses. Families can engage in breathing exercises as a way to create a relaxed environment.

I hope you enjoyed reading that? What things do you teach your children? How has it affected their lives? Share with us in the comments.

Oluwafemi Michael
Oluwafemi Michael is an online Mental Health Therapist, Advocate for Mental Health Awareness, a programmer, and also a content creator from Edo state, Akoko-Edo LG.

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