The lessons you teach your children will shape them forever. Fortunately, there is no one better but the parents themselves to be around to teach these lessons. For homeschooled kids, part of deriving valuable lessons is getting a proper education so they can live through the experiences that produce insight later. As a parent, you’ll want to embrace opportunities to share these lessons on your own time. Here are some real-world lessons you might think of discussing.
Stand Up for Yourself
Whether during the early days of elementary school or later in high school, there will be times when your child will have to stand up for themselves alone. An example might include a situation where a child is disciplined for acting out in class, yet doesn’t feel the responsibility is all theirs. In a case like this, the student would have to speak up to the principals and faculty and advocate for themselves, lest they deal with an unnecessary level of punishment. This kind of example is far different from other situations where standing up for yourself would be necessary. Civil infractions, though minor violations of the law, are usually punishable by fines. While not necessarily overwhelming, the fines can also be categorized into traffic civil infractions, as well as nontraffic civil infractions. The sooner your child begins standing up for themselves in school, the better. From dealing with driving infractions to workplace bullying, there will be plenty of opportunities for them to have to already know how later.
Don’t Drink and Drive
Better to learn early in life now, so that your children will understand by the time matters. A real-world lesson to teach your homeschooled kids is not to drink and drive. While homeschooled kids will likely be supervised more carefully, there is always the risk that they will become sensitive to alcoholic beverages in the home. If the message about drinking and driving isn’t conveyed right away, that’s a problem. Children who are around alcohol may later develop addictive tendencies later in life. For that reason, you have all the more reason to teach your kids to use alcohol responsibly. Particularly, if they’ve already reached middle school age. Remember, in California, the legal limit for driving under the influence is 0.08%. That information might not sound relevant now, but there are plenty of opportunities to teach your children about avoiding alcohol.
Use the Internet Safely
The hard work you put into keeping your kids safe and sound matters to you. Unfortunately, there are many risks in the world for children who haven’t learned enough about Internet safety. Nowadays, modern technology has introduced the Internet into a child’s life at an early age. That means, one of the most valuable lessons worth learning is to install antivirus equipment on your computer and stay away from dangerous websites. Aside from Internet safety, your kids can take this particular lesson and use it to their advantage. In their homeschooling, the ability to use the Internet safely means that parents can feel some measure of peace over anything they might not be able to control. The reality is, 68% of online experiences begin with a search engine. That means kids who don’t learn about online safety early are likely to get steered in the wrong direction the moment they type in dangerous phrases in a search engine. If your goal is to teach lessons that also revolve around education, then great. The ability to use the Internet safely is a skill that everyone should possess.
There are plenty of reasons why you’d want to teach your kids a valuable lesson. With education, there are plenty of opportunities to do so, even if you’re homeschooling your children. Teach them these three specific lessons to leave a lasting impact on how they connect with the world in which they live. In the end, their academic experience will be improved and, so too, will their lives.