In order to prepare for the future of children, parents need to keep up with the times – Parents certainly want the best future for their children. To get it, psychologists say parents need to keep up with the times. What for?

“It is important for parents to keep up with the times and understand our role in supporting children to develop soft skills and build their character,” said psychologist Saskhya Aulia Prima from the University of Indonesia in a webinar.

Not only children who are invited to learn various skills for the future, parents must also continue to learn from various sources to be able to raise children well in the midst of a dynamic life.

It is also important to discuss with your partner so that parents can be united in raising children. Discuss about how to educate children, what school will be chosen and what activities will be introduced to the baby.

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Illustration of parents helping children with homework. [Shutterstock]
Illustration of parents helping children with homework. [Shutterstock]

In the past, the virtual world and the real world were considered different. But now the digital world has become part of everyday life. So, combine all tools to develop children’s abilities, such as combining books and devices.

“Teach children to be good digital citizens,” he said.

Good behavior is now not only important in the real world, but also in the digital world. A track record in cyberspace can affect life in the real world, so parents should guide their children from a young age to be able to use technology properly and correctly.

Three essential skills

Saskhya underlined that in order to survive and succeed in a different environment, there are three categories of skills that must be developed by children: cognitive and metacognitive abilities, social and emotional abilities, and physical and practical abilities.

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To train cognitive and metacognitive abilities, parents can invite children to discuss and express opinions since he can start talking.