CAREER DEVELOPMENT / NOV. 28, 2014
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Top 10 Skills Your Kids Will Need for Tomorrow

There are certain skills that children will need to learn in order to excel and succeed in life. Times change and technology advances—implying that the younger generation has time-specific skills to learn in order to succeed in life. Many of the job openings available in the 1980’s don’t exist today. This article will address the top 10 skills your kids will need for tomorrow. 

1. Technologically-Inclined

With the continual advancement of technology, kids today need to be technologically-inclined. They will need to learn how to utilize email, texting and other forms of digital communication. While they need to gain a working knowledge of technology and various devices, such as laptops, cell phones, tablets etc., they will also need to be taught to maintain a balance with personal contact as well.

2. Inquisitive Nature

A second skill that kids need to learn is to hone their inquisitive nature and ask the right questions. As young children ask questions and explore, they begin to learn how things work and to find their place in the world. It is important that this inquisitive nature is cultivated by parents and caregivers and encouraged to grow.

3. Problem Solving Skills 

In addition to an inquisitive nature, kids also need to learn how to solve problems. As they grow, they will be presented with problem situations. If an adult constantly tries to fix the problem, the child will not learn proper problem solving skills. It is necessary for the child’s future success for the parent and caregiver to gently guide the child through the process of solving the problem without trying to immediately solve it for him or her.

4. Project Planning

The art of successfully planning, organizing and completing projects is a vital skill that when learned, will positively impact the child’s future. Parents and caregivers should focus on starting projects with their children as a teaching tool which can also be a fun bonding experience. The goal is to allow the child to eventually take on more responsibility and handle projects alone.

5. Discovering Passions

When an individual finds a job that allows him or her to pursue a passion, this person is more fulfilled and successful in life. Parents and caregivers should find ways early on to discover the passions of their child. It is a normal part of life for a child to explore and try new activities. This process should be encouraged so that the child can eventually discover his or her true passion in life.

6. Learning Independence  

A child becoming an independent and successfully contributing member of society should be an established goal of any loving parent or caregiver. As children grow mentally, physically and emotionally, independence in all three of these areas should be encouraged to flourish. As a child learns to tackle problems, deal with new experiences and complete projects, he or she learns independence and becomes more fully developed as a mature individual.

7. Finding Fulfillment

For children to become successful adults, they need to find a way to become personally fulfilled without coddling from parents and then relying too much on them or their caregivers. As children are encouraged to sometimes play alone and not continually be held and coddled, they learn how to appease themselves and won’t become spoiled. When children understand at an early age that they have the power to satisfy themselves by playing alone, reading and using their imagination—in balance, of course—they will learn a valuable skill for their future adult life.

8. Feeling Compassion

Learning how to feel compassion is a time-honored skill. However, with the changing times and less personal contact due to technological advances, that empathy is sometimes lacking in society. Feeling and giving compassion is still a vital skill that children need to learn in order to become a well-adjusted adult and contributing member of society. Children mirror the behavior that they see so parents and caregivers should demonstrate compassion whenever they can.

9. Embracing Tolerance 

In recent years, especially with the advent of the Internet, our global world has become smaller and more in reach each day. Tolerance is as important today as it should have been in years past. It is imperative that parents and caregivers embrace tolerance as well and expose their children to people of all different races, ethnic groups and cultural differences. They should share their own beliefs and culture with their children while teaching them to accept the differences in others.

10. Accepting Change

This final skill is just as important as the rest. In order to become a well-adjusted adult, a child first needs to understand how to accept and deal with change in a mature manner. As mentioned in step one, the world is constantly changing, especially as it pertains to advancing technology. However, in order for children to successfully learn how to adapt to change, they need to see that mature acceptance of it from their parents and caregivers.

Children are our future and parents and caregivers should find ways, such as mentioned in this article, to help their kids become well-adjusted and competent adults.

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