The world is all about money, jobs, and moral relationships
As early as possible teach your offspring the value of money for work done and about selecting good moral friends to associate with.
When offspring are young and impressionable give them some money to put in a savings account or piggy bank and tell them this is going towards a college education, a future car, and for technological purchases such as a laptop, bicycle, cell phone, building blocks, and basic tools such as a screwdriver, hammer, shovel, utility army knife, saw, etc. to build basic items or to take apart broken appliances.
Teach them how to count the money with basic math and once they can count up to 100 they can use a calculator to speed things up. They can use the calculator to add or subtract 5 dollar, 10 dollar, or 20 dollar bills and up to 99 cents. When a purchase is made out of their account have them count the money which will be spent on the product and remove it from the savings account. Have them add much money like 5 dollars at a time for purchases you intend to make for them in the near future such as a bicycle, soccer ball, frisbee, etc.
Later on you can give your offspring an allowance for helping with household chores and you can encourage good grades by giving more money for A’s than for B’s and C’s. Have your offspring become as independent as possible and that means preparing their own meals and those of the family also since many families have two working parent homes and it should become the responsibility of the offspring to help with the housework and cleaning up their own mess which they are likely to make.
If you have more than one offspring you can rotate the household chores on a weekly or monthly basis and thus make it possible for everyone to earn their allowance justly by doing real work themselves.
If you have more than one offspring teach them the concepts of sharing toys and helping one another by teaching the younger offspring skills which the older offspring have learned.
Comment on the less desirable offspring of other parents which your offspring come into contact with especially when other offspring misbehave in an inappropriate way or have bad social etiquette. When your offspring are older ask about their social contacts on the internet and determine whom they are contacting and spending most of their social time with. It is very important to make sure that your offspring are communicating with good role model offspring and not the socially flawed and irresponsible ones who frequently come from bad families with bad role model parents.
If you have teenagers then have them read my evergreen book HOW TO SAVE MONEY.
Morality is important for excellent relationships even if you don’t get it from religion. Teach a secular morality of don’t destroy biodiversity, don’t lie, don’t be inefficient, don’t steal, don’t commit adultery if married, and don’t murder.
If you teach your offspring to preferably associate with honest, sincere, and truthful offspring which don’t lie then you will almost guarantee that they will not only have good casual friends but perhaps more than one good close friendship in their lives. The probability that they will have a successful long duration marriage will also increase.
Teaching them to be efficient in their daily lives with short and to the point conversation and not spending too much time on trivial pursuits will not only help them in their own personal and working lives but should benefit biodiversity in the long duration because nature does not like humans or animals who waste time, energy, and money and punishes them if they waste too much of it. Tell them that human society is very inefficient and wastes much time, energy, and money and winds up polluting the world excessively and threatening biodiversity with the extinction of many species. Tell them that the conservation of wilderness should be humanities number one priority and that by being efficient in their lives they will be helping the conservation of wilderness or biodiversity by not polluting the world so much.
Saying no to trivial activities and purchase requests:
Saying no to offspring who are requesting to do trivial activities and purchase desired goods or goods that they just want and don’t need can be controlled by saying no. If offspring have too many team sports, music, theater, and other after school activities which they will probably never use in their adult life then simply don’t help them pursue them by not shuttling them back and forth to the activities.
Set priorities in your offspring’s lives and don’t do the lower order priorities which they will never use on the job, in adult life, or minimally use in their private lives.
Limit their intake of sugary overly processed foods by saying no or giving it to them very rarely and stress that they should be eating a varied diet of everything healthy in moderation and that this should start as early in life as possible while you have control over what they eat and when.
Everything takes time, energy, money, and caring:
Raising offspring requires sacrificing time, energy, money, and caring which children will not appreciate until they have offspring of their own. Giving allowances for household chores done and letting older children supervise younger ones responsibly lets children understand the role of money in the world and the responsibility of caring for someone other than yourself. If you have only one child then getting a pet which is the responsibility of the child to take care of and feed is one way of teaching caring responsibility.
Schedule both work and family life by the clock as much as possible:
Not only should you schedule your business life but learn to schedule family life by the clock which includes family meetings, walking the dog, doing personal laundry, getting plenty of rest, and doing household chores and assigning responsibility for doing them to someone or alternating the work responsibility on a weekly or monthly basis. If as offspring they learn to schedule their daily lives then they will not have to learn to do so by trial and error when they become adults when scheduling work and play becomes vital to successful living.
Prepare meals in batches and freeze them if you find you have little time for cooking at home:
Not all offspring will like to cook so have them prepare more than one meal at a time and freeze future meals in the fridge for all family members.
Set aside one on one time with offspring and some time with the whole family:
Set aside one on one time with your offspring in the family schedule even if it is only during meal time where you discuss important events in offspring and family life.
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