Parenting doesn’t come with a handbook. It takes thought and planning to prepare your children for life. You assume you have all the time in the world, then one day you are packing up the car to take them to college or a new job in a new city.  About 18 years is the training period and the time you have to equip your children with pertinent life skills. 

Often we encourage our children to participate in team sports and music lessons, spending much time and money, while some of the more basic survival skills go undone. 

The Bible says to train up a child in the way he needs to go. As an adult he will make his own decisions but as a parent you can give him a treasure chest of experience to open when needed. In that treasure chest you can have spiritual, natural, and emotional skills for your child to support himself into adulthood.

Here are 50 of the important lessons your children need before being launched into life without you!

Always say please and thank you.

Respect your elders.

Have good table manners.

Always tell the truth.

Brush your teeth properly twice a day.

Treat others with kindness.

Know how to balance a checkbook.

Know how to separate and wash clothes.

Admit when you’re wrong.

Learn how to set a dinner table.

Know when to say "no."

Plan to save money.

Learn how to swim.

Appreciate dangerous animals.

Show compassion.

Accept defeat with grace.

Deal with rejection and disappointment.

Don’t walk home alone at night.

Get along with people you may not like that much.

Always keep your car clean.

Distinguish needs from wants.

Support yourself financially.

Know how to add, subtract, multiply and divide.

Look someone in the eye when talking to them.

Learn to ride a bike.

Learn how to write a thank you note.

Learn to tell the time on a clock with hands.

Learn how to make your bed.

Know how to deal with tragedy.

Learn how to negotiate a win/win.

Always clear your plate after dinner.

Read before you go to bed.

Learn how to drive a car.

Know how to fix a flat.

Learn how to throw a ball.

Learn how to cook five basic meals.

Watch TV and play video games in moderation.

Know how to read a traditional map.

Know how to dress for an occasion.

Learn how to bake a cake.

Learn to give a firm handshake.

Learn how to tie a tie.

Learn how to wrap a present.

Learn how to change a flat tire.

Learn how to fly a kite.

Learn how to start a fire.

Learn how to pitch a tent.

Learn how to properly dive into a swimming pool.

Learn how to sweep, mop and vacuum.

Learn how to use chopsticks.

Here are a few scriptures to encourage you on your parenting, teaching journey.

Proverbs 22:6 ESV, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

Ephesians 6:4 ESV, “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”

Psalm 127:3-5 ESV, “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.”

Matthew 18:10 ESV, “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.”

Proverbs 17:6 ESV, “Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their fathers.”

Isaiah 54:13 ESV, “All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children.”

Mark 10:13-16 ESV,  “And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.”Ephesians 6:1-4

Proverbs 20:11 ESV, “Even a child makes himself known by his acts, by whether his conduct is pure and upright.”

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