Teaching your children these skills will benefit them throughout their lives:
1. Ask questions. You should ask questions early and often. You can save yourself a lot of time and grief by asking questions. You can also learn a lot by exploring and asking yourself questions. You can encourage your children to ask questions by getting down on their level and answering their questions truthfully and to the best of your ability. If they ask something you don't know offer to help them find the answer. Don't dismiss their questions no matter how silly they may seem.
2. The ability to solve problems. Life is full of challenges. But it can be a lot less intimidating when you learn processes that help you conquer challenges, whatever they may be. Figuring out how to be successful in school, navigating through a new job, making the basketball team: these are all common challenges we must solve.
* Avoid the temptation to solve your children's challenges for them. Let them strive to figure solutions out on their own. You can give them advice, but let them solve the problem.
3. Find a passion. No one ever trained us to go out and find the things that really excite and motivate us. Most of us were taught that working and having a job stinks, so you'd better get used to it. This is backwards thinking. If we can find what we are truly passionate about put our efforts into that, then work isn't really work because you enjoy it.
4. Independence. Children need to be nurtured to become more and more independent as they grow up. If we learn to be independent and take care of ourselves and our families we will be happier. Strive to increase your child's independence a little bit at a time.
5. Being content when alone. Some children are incapable of spending even 15 minutes without the attention of others. As children grow up, they learn to attach to other things to find contentment. Buying silly things, the Internet, food, video games, and more can all become addictions in their own way to avoid being alone. This follows us into adult hood. There is a great power in being able to amuse yourself. It makes life easier, with fewer destructive temptations.
6. Compassion. The ability to work well with others and control our own anger is directly tied to our ability to be compassionate toward others. Strive to be more compassionate in your everyday life and teach your children the same. Being compassionate is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself.
7. Dealing with change. Change is one of the few constants in life. Those who can be flexible and deal with change effectively are much more successful and happier than those who can't. Help your child to learn to deal with change and you'll be doing them a huge favor.
These necessary skills can be more valuable than anything we learn during our formal education. Check yourself and your child for the presence of these skills. Your lives will be much better for it.
These are also not a learn one time and your good type skill set either. This is a continual process we must practice and continue to learn throughout our lives. We are constantly faced with situations that require one or more of these skills, so the more we consciously use them, the more successful we will be.