Sunday, 11 February 2018

3 Occasions When You Need To Be Honest With Your Kids

There is a lot of important lessons that your kids learn in the classroom but their education doesn’t stop there. There are a lot of things that they just can’t learn from school and it’s important that you teach them these life lessons if they are going to grow up to be well-rounded adults. There are certain things in life that are good teaching opportunities for children but parents are often worried about talking to their kids about these things because they think they’re too young. It’s important that you’re honest with your kids and you take these opportunities to help them learn. When these life events occur, you should be open with your children about it.


Death Of A Loved One

The death of a loved one is a difficult time for everybody, especially young children that don’t always understand what’s going on. Parents sometimes try to shield their kids from these difficult subjects but that’s only going to harm their development in the long run. When you lose a loved one, it’s a good idea to involve your children in the process and ask for their input when you compare funeral directors and start planning the service. Of course, very young children aren’t ready for something like this so you need to use your judgment a little, but teenagers are often more grown up than we give them credit for and they’ll be able to handle it. Involving them in the process teaches them that death is a part of life and they should learn to celebrate that person's life as well as grieving them. If they don’t learn this at a young age, they’ll struggle to deal with loss when they get older.

Money Worries

Discussing your finances with children isn’t something that most parents do, but it can be useful. You need to be careful how you handle the situation because you don’t want them to worry, but speaking to them about it is a good way of teaching them money management skills and giving them better insight into how your family finances work. If you’re having trouble with money, involve them in your budgeting and planning, you can even turn it into a bit of a game with younger children. Just be careful that you don’t give them too much information because if you’re in a particularly bad situation, they might start to worry about it.

Relationship Break Ups

If you and your partner split, or somebody in the family breaks up with their partner or spouse, don’t try to hide the reasons from your children. It’s going to happen to them at some point in the future and you want them to be prepared for it. If you give them a false impression of how the nature of adult relationships, they’ll struggle in their own relationships when they’re older and they won’t be able to deal with their own break ups. Instead of hiding it, you should explain that sometimes things don’t work out and that’s just a natural part of life.

Trying to hide the bad things in the world can seem like the best way to raise your kids but it’s far more beneficial for them if you’re honest.

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