With summer arriving this past week, it’s time to start thinking about what how we’re going to spend the days with our kids. In between sports practices and outdoor fun, this is the perfect opportunity for you and your child to bond over learning something. While it might seem silly, there are plenty of activities out there that you both won’t just enjoy, but learn a tremendous amount from too.
We all want to encourage our kids to be the best that they can be, but sometimes we have to want that for ourselves as well. That’s why it’s important to admit that not only do we want our kids to learn certain things, but it’s also good for us to learn them ourselves. As we all try to lead by example, taking your child to activities and classes shows them that you’re still willing to go out and explore things yourself. Take this is a time to discover something you both want to enjoy because this could be a great bonding time you’ll look fondly on for a long time.
Perhaps one of the best activities you and your child can share together is photography. Not only is this creatively inspiring, but something that teaches technical skills as well. While it’s going to require a little bit of patience at first, learning photography is one of the easier things your child can do. Additionally, it’s also an excellent way for you both to go out and explore the world, seeking out places and things to take photos of. This can also provide a tremendous learning opportunity, as you can explain to your child what different things are (I.E.: Types of birds or trees, etc.) while you're looking for a great shot.
Cooking is a skill that can stick with you for life, so it’s good to teach your kids at an early age how to work around a kitchen. Preparing a meal together can be an excellent communal act for you and your family to share, as it not only brings in the sense of comradery of everyone helping out, but it can additionally teach your kids a little bit about your heritage or family history via the dishes you prepare. This can explain a lot to a kid about themselves, as well as gives them a leg up on being able to eat healthier on a budget. And trust me, once your kids are out of the house, that’s definitely going to be a skill you’ll be thankful they learned.
It’s no secret why we’ve always been advocates for teaching kids about the arts. They’re one of the most vital things a young mind can be exposed to, teaching them about visual aspects, decision making, motor skills, and even just exploring their imagination. This is where the core of them are developing a sense of their learning abilities, as well as other skills such as how to be a storyteller. Art is an institution in how we view developing our children and is definitely something you should consider as a way of bonding with them.
As no parent wants to promote their child to be violent, taking a self-defense class can actually help deter them from becoming that way. One of the reasons why this is so popular with kids is it teaches discipline and self-control. After all, it’s called ‘self-defense’ for a reason, as it’s the last line of defense in the event someone attacks you. Your kids will love learning about something that they potentially idolize in superheroes and characters in movies/on TV, which is always a plus. This activity can be an excellent choice if you’re looking for something active that’s still a great teacher.
The belief that children should learn a foreign language at a young age is getting stronger and stronger. This is something that can potentially produce cognitive advantages that will make them successful academically later on, as well as will expose them to the idea of other cultures much earlier than average. And even though it’s much later down the road, keeping up with learning it will additionally help them out in their career, as well as possibly give you a trip to go on. Keep this in mind especially if learning another language is something you had the desire to do as well.