When you think back on your early school days (or your children’s school days), have you ever wondered why we learned how to play the recorder? Why we had to learn how to say and spell “antidisestablishmentarianism?” And why we needed to learn the proper way to do the Macarena at gym class?
And looking back, have you wondered why other important skills weren’t taught?
- Why it’s important to vote, and how to vote (not “whom”).
- How to learn time management.
- How to present well in a job interview.
- How to open a bank account and how to save.
- The basics of budgeting and managing money.
- The basics of home and car buying (or leasing).
- How to use credit cards properly.
- What healthy relationships look like.
- How to cope with, and overcome mistakes and failures.
- The necessity of Etiquette and manners.
- And no, this is not like cursive handwriting! This is an essential part of life. I believe that the diminishment of this has led to a casualizing of relationships. We have forgotten how to relate to others, what good social skills are, and what courtesy, respect and honor looks like.
But I digress…
- How to think! Learning the necessary skills of critical thinking.
- And, last and most certainly not least, prayer.
Maybe these things aren’t taught in school because they ought to be taught at home.
Even in the best of home environments with the best parents, topics like these are often assumed to be taught,
but may not always intentionally built or strengthened.
(If you’re a family who does do this, then I applaud you and would love you to write and share your ideas so we
can give others a template to work with. Thank you ☺)
I’m guilty of this also.
I’ve talked to my son about credit cards, banking, budgeting and voting but at the time, I was focusing more on other things – his grades, getting into university, and the difference between good company and “bad company.”
I was a single mom for most of his life, and I do give myself some slack, but looking back, I wish I knew how to have developed more of those basic skills in him.
But even if I was a “perfect” parent and taught my son everything he should know about “life in the outside world,” at some point, he still had to just get out there and live life. And he has. There have been ups and downs and some scary hairy turns, but thank GOD, he’s doing great now, and is a strong and inspirational mentor to others.
Today, think about the young people who you have influence with.
How can we speak life into them? And how can we impact them in practical ways?
Last week we talked about “Livin’ ‘La Vida Loca”. And this blog is about using your life experiences to bless others and “Live La Vida Ninja” ☺
Be an awesome life-ninja! Live the best life you can and show others how to do the same!
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