Want your kids to study abroad? Encourage these 5 habits from NOW

Starting your child off on these 5 basic habits will help them become more independent, street smart, self-reliant, focused and positive.

A lot of parents think of sending their children abroad for higher education. While this means a lot of planning and paperwork, it also means one more thing – making your children capable of handling themselves alone in a new culture and environment.

5 habits to start in your kids right NOW

Starting your child off on these 5 basic habits will help them become more independent, street smart, self-reliant, focused and positive.

1. Let them do age-appropriate chores: Many parents feel that asking their kids to help around the house is rude or it is something that a child should not be made to do. However, the truth is that when you ask your kids to do some basic tasks at home, it helps them in a lot of ways.

Your child becomes more independent and will be able to manage themselves better, especially when they are not under your care. Also, it will help your children to be accountable and responsible, which helps to build their overall characteristics.

2. Set goals: Of course one of the goals is to do good in academics and get a place in an academic institution of choice, for which you are encouraging your kids to study well and go abroad. In addition, you should show your children how to set smaller goals and work hard towards achieving those.

If you set only difficult and huge goals right from the start, it can be a little daunting for the child, and may end up making them feel scared or intimidated.

Instead, start by setting small goals, such as getting a particular grade in the term paper, or learning a particular rhythm on a musical instrument they play, or able to finish reading a particular book in so and so time.

3. Communicate openly: It is very important to build strong communication skills with your child now, especially when you know you are planning to help them get settled away from you.

It is important that your child becomes comfortable in sharing all details and general things about life and day to day activities with you, so that you know what is going on in their lives, especially when you are not physically around them to see it face to face.

4. Work on lifeskills: Being good in number skills does not mean that your child has to be an expert in mathematics, though it is an added advantage if your child loves maths and is good at it.

Understanding numbers will help your child when they have to plan their budget or understand the conversion rates according to the country they move to.

Being on their own, your child may have to handle various day to day tasks alone, which could also involve money, in terms of purchasing or basic monthly bills. Knowing the numbers and being able to do calculations will help.

5. Encourage them to be social: It is important for your child to have a strong social support with friends, similar aged people and peers, especially when they are away from family. In situations such as these, it is colleagues, friends and neighbours who become the family.

Even if your child is an introvert and does not feel comfortable speaking with others, encourage them to at least perform the basic skills such as daily greeting when they meet and trying to at least know who is in their class or living next door. Also, attending local students activity groups is also a great way to mix with similar aged or like-minded people.

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