10 Things a Kid Needs to Learn in Childhood to Be a Happier Adult

10 Things a Kid Needs to Learn in Childhood to Be a Happier Adult
In the first years of life,
your child receives a large amount of information from their surroundings and
preserves it. “Children’s brains are like a sponge,” some people say. And, in
childhood, they form the basis for their self-image and their language. That is
why there are certain lessons that are essential in the early years, so that
your child can build a foundation to help them master the skills in adulthood
that are more complex.
Bright Side has put together a
list of skills for you that are best obtained from a young age, and that will
be very useful for your children when they become adults.
1. A second language

10 Things a Kid Needs to Learn in Childhood to Be a Happier Adult
One study showed that children
who learn a second language adapt more quickly to change, have a better memory,
and have a better understanding of language in general. Not to mention that
communicating in other parts of the world will not be a problem for your child
and they will enjoy having more career options. As if this wasn’t enough,
scientists from the Rotman Research Institute in Canada, have proven that
speaking 2 languages helps the brain to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s in old
age.
2. Swimming
10 Things a Kid Needs to Learn in Childhood to Be a Happier Adult
Practicing any physical
activity allows us to live a healthier life. What makes swimming different is
that, besides being a skill that could save your child’s life in an extreme
situation or open the door to different experiences, it will strengthen their limbs
and help them to develop their coordination better. Swimming also helps your
brain stay healthy longer, says a study published by the National Center for
Biotechnology.
3. Playing an instrument

10 Things a Kid Needs to Learn in Childhood to Be a Happier Adult
The Journal of Neuroscience
published a study where it was discovered that learning to play an instrument
improves auditory skills and helps delay the deterioration of brain capacities
that are natural to aging. This is because, when we play an instrument, we
activate several brain systems at once like auditory, motor, and perception.
When your child becomes an adult, they will have a better ability to
communicate and express themselves creatively.
4. Dancing

10 Things a Kid Needs to Learn in Childhood to Be a Happier Adult
A study from the Karlstad
University revealed that dancing improves performance in hyperactive children.
It allows them to communicate and express their emotions through their body,
and with the help of music, encourages creativity, social skills, motor skills,
and builds self-esteem. Dancing will also bring your children closer to
different cultures, and make them tend to be more open-minded and have
confidence in their own bodies.
5. Recycling
10 Things a Kid Needs to Learn in Childhood to Be a Happier Adult
By recycling we contribute to
taking care of our planet and leaving a better world for the following
generations, which is already a great advantage. But recycling is good for your
children as well, since it is proven that leaving reusable materials at your
fingertips encourages creativity and psychomotricity. Your child will know that
they don’t need tons of expensive resources to execute his ideas. Ecoembes, in
Spain, encourages the teaching of recycling in schools to help raise awareness
about consumption and care for the environment.
6. Cleaning
10 Things a Kid Needs to Learn in Childhood to Be a Happier Adult
Order and hygiene are
indispensable for the life of any human being. Aside from the practical
reasons, such as leading a healthy life, it’s because it helps to make mental
processes more structured and organized. In Japan, cleaning one’s own classroom
and school is a part of the school education.
7. Sense of orientation
10 Things a Kid Needs to Learn in Childhood to Be a Happier Adult
Encouraging the development of
your child’s sense of direction is good for their brain and will help them to
behave more easily wherever they are. A study reveals that there is an internal
GPS that creates networks in our neurons that, as we learn, feed our sense of
direction and help the brain to plan routes, improving our decision-making
process.
8. Cooking
10 Things a Kid Needs to Learn in Childhood to Be a Happier Adult
By cooking with your children,
you improve their relationship with food. If you involve them in the
preparation of a dish, they will be more careful when eating and less likely to
consume junk food. Just by following a recipe, they will learn the importance
of following instructions and will explore each ingredient with their senses.
Show them what each food does when they cook it and, if your child is still
very small, start with simple things to avoid accidents.
9. Using money
10 Things a Kid Needs to Learn in Childhood to Be a Happier Adult
As we grow up, financial
responsibilities gradually arrive and if we are not prepared we could make
mistakes. It’s important to teach your children that money is a tool, not a
reward, and that it is not enough to learn to save, but that you also need to
learn to spend it wisely.
10. Communicating their
feelings
10 Things a Kid Needs to Learn in Childhood to Be a Happier Adult
There is no such thing as
being happy all the time. Some situations generate uncomfortable emotions in us
that we can’t avoid. Teaching your child since an early age how to identify
these feelings, accept them, and communicate them is something that they will
thank you for forever. Emotional intelligence will allow your child to make
decisions and react appropriately in complex situations.
Bonus: Teach them to relax
10 Things a Kid Needs to Learn in Childhood to Be a Happier Adult
In schools they teach children
to have excellent academic performance, to carry out tasks, acquire
information, and live with other people. Parents should teach them about the
importance of taking a break, and how to find moments to play and to release
tension. There are different breathing techniques that the whole family can
practice to create a relaxed environment at home. This will reduce their stress
levels and the possibility of suffering from diseases related to stress.
Which of these lessons is the
most important in your opinion? Would you have liked to acquire some of them at
a younger age? Tell us in the comments.

SOURCE: BRIGHTSIDE
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.