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What we do know is that nobody is perfect, whether it's a parent, caregiver, legal guardian, teacher, or coach. We also know there's no instruction book that comes with parenting. As someone trying to work hard and be patient at this parenting thing (sound familiar?), it's exhausting trying to keep up! I know because I have two school-aged children of my own. Truth is, nobody has the answer. We are all still trying to figure that out, but there are some things we do know.
What we do know works is having honest and truthful conversations about what we need to work on. No blaming or shaming, but truth.
So, we asked parents one question and there was a theme that really stood out.
THIS is why Reality Tour 4Kids was launched.
"WHAT DO YOU THINK ARE THE TOP 3 IMPORTANT SKILLS THAT YOUR CHILDREN WILL NEED TO BECOME SUCCESSFUL INDIVIDUALS IN THE NEXT 10 - 15 YEARS AND THAT YOU WOULD DEFINITELY SPEND MONEY ON IF SOMEONE OFFERED TO TEACH/COACH THEM ON THIS?"
HERE’S WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY:
"Emotional intelligence, imagination/thinking outside the box which leads to solution finding and compassion."
"I'm not sure if it's a skill per se but empathy, kindness and patience - those are almost tied together but one other that tops my list would be good leadership skills."
"Resiliency, intrinsic motivation, and empathy"
"I'd pay for my son to learn it as I'm already building the foundation now. But patience, independence, empathy, perseverance are all important qualities that a lot of kids are missing."
"Emotional intelligence, independence and patience."
"Patience, resilience, and a balance of confidence/humility"
"Empathy, leadership, compassion, understanding and embracing diversity , resilience , how to handle negative people or things around us , social media influence , communicating beyond the usual spoken stuff , i would say looking at what the world will need in future ..."
"Serenity prayer - independence/hard working- good to their word"
"Empathy, Determination / never give up, Confidence"
"Problem-solving, money management, and stress management."
"Resilience, creativity, and definitely empathy"
"One that I’d pay for as it’s not a skill I could teach easily would be managing finances. The basics like budgeting and spending wisely etc."
"I love so many of these, I definitely agree with emotional intelligence, personal development, money management, creativity...skills to handle life, so everything not taught in school lol"
"Creativity/ innovation 2) the value of smart-hard work and 3) monetary common sense"
"Executive functioning (like organization and logistics), communication (complete, clarity of, strong but welcoming), and self-preservation (ownership of desires and wants and person, caring for the self, in a relationship but not lost in it, etc)."
"Emotional intelligence, social relations, and adaptability."
"Understand no means no, be likable and be able to cope"
"Social skills and emotion regulation"
"Problem-solving, Emotional Intelligence, Communication…"
"Determination, social skills, and money management."
"I have super bright and super sensitive girls who are empathetic and tend to get overwhelmed quite easily. Coping and emotional regulation. We work on it every. single. day. ❤️"
"Money management, grit/perseverance, self-guided learning"
" I'm not sure how to word it, but my children struggle to finish the work before getting to play. The term "herding cats" is entirely applicable here (for several personality types, so I must have taught them inadvertently, unfortunately), listening skills and intuitiveness for seeing a problem and persevering until it's solved."
"My daughter is a little too much like me in that she's a multi-personality who has big feelings. At any given point in time she will hop between 4 different topics or interests, and then she will get emotionally overwhelmed much like I imagine."
"I have a very strong opinion on this. ;) Kids, especially teens, need to LEARN TO FAIL and be ok with it. They need to learn that stuff is hard and that it's ok not to be perfect and that it's ok to fail, learn and keep trying until you succeed."
"Kids need to learn to be vulnerable, to be able to confidently share their feelings and know that they belong. and 2. Personal finance! By the time kids go to college they need to know how to budget, balance a checkbook, etc."
"Kindness, Empathy, Resilience"
There were so many more comments just like this one that I felt compelled to do something about it. ヅ
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