As a parent, you want to make sure your child gets every opportunity they can to succeed later in life. In this post we suggest 6 skills your child should learn before they turn 10 years old, to help them through their teenage years and on to later life. Today’s world is very different from even 10 years ago. The pace of change, innovation, and advancement in technology has accelerated rapidly. Arts, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), and social skills are all essential in helping children develop their potential and prepare for adult life. But not all kids get those opportunities in equal measure. 

Create A Foundation For Life-Long Learning

Children’s brains are incredibly malleable and open to new ideas. They are designed to absorb and learn new skills, knowledge, and information rapidly — and then apply that in the world and in their future adult lives. When your child is very young, you can help them develop their learning skills by doing a few things, such as talking with them about what you’re doing and teaching them new things, reading to them and encouraging them to read on their own too, and allowing them to explore, be curious, and ask questions about the world around them.

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Develop Your Child’s Social Skills

Social skills are often overlooked, but they are critically important in helping kids grow into happy, confident, and successful adults. The way your child interacts with others can significantly impact their future success. Studies have shown that socially skilled children are more likely to succeed in education, employment, and personal relationships. A great way to develop your child’s social skills is to encourage them to go on primary school residential trips.

School trips are a great way to get kids to engage with their classmates in a different setting, which can often allow them the opportunity to engage with kids in their class or year group that they might not have otherwise chatted to due to already established friendships and routine.

Put Your Child In Charge Of Technology

We live in the age of technology, and it’s an essential part of our lives — both at home and in the workplace. But kids must learn how to use technology responsibly and ethically, thereby avoiding misuse of tech. Being exposed to inappropriate content or using tech to negatively impact their future lives could be detrimental. It will cause them to miss out on family time or be over-stressed. Parents need to help create that balance and ensure that they have opportunities to spend time offline with other people — in person or on the phone — and other non-tech activities, such as outdoor activities.

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Physical Activity And Sports Skills

Physical activity and sports play a key role in helping kids grow into healthy, happy and well-rounded adults. Physical activity helps support your child’s mental health, ability to connect with others, and ability to self-regulate and manage their emotions. Physical activity helps build self-esteem, confidence and resilience — plus, it can also help your child sleep better and improve their academic performance. 

Emotion Regulation And Confidence Skills

Teaching our kids new skills like compassion is a big part of what we do as parents. And our kids need to know how to manage their emotions (the 7 and 8-year-old phase is emotional, but nothing on the teenage years to come!), handle stressful situations, and build their confidence. Unfortunately, a third of children don’t feel prepared for adult life, leading to anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. 

Arts And Creative Skills

In a world where creativity and the arts are increasingly important, too few kids are allowed to explore and develop those skills. Artistic skills can help your child grow in many ways, including building their creative capacity, boosting their confidence, helping them communicate effectively, and preparing them for the future.

There are other important skills required to navigate the intricacies of adulthood, but these 6 skills your child should learn before they turn 10 really will provide a good foundation to support them in the next phase of their emotional and physical development as they race through the tween years and hurtle head-first into their teens.