Researchers in the UK have released a list of top 59 things every parent should teach their kids following a study carried out among mothers and fathers.

The study found while 24% believe it is a mother’s job to teach the children life skills, 71% believe it should be shared jointly between parents. It also revealed the busy lives today’s parents lead, with 57% of those questioned admitting to feeling guilty for not being able to find the time to teach kids everything they need to know.

Psychologist Donna Dawson, who was involved in the study, said: “…It is the little everyday interactions with our children that are the real teachers: what we do, is even more important than what we say.”

So, what life skills or lessons are you teaching your children?

See the list below and tell us the top important ones to you.

1. Always say please and thank you

2. Respect your elders

3. Show good table manners

4. Always tell the truth

5. Don’t talk to strangers

6. Brush your teeth properly twice a day

7. Treat others with kindness

8. Be confident

9. Be helpful

10. Admit when you’re wrong

11. Work hard at school

12. Know when to say ‘No’

13. Save money and spend it wisely

14. Be independent

15. Learn how to swim

16. Appreciate wildlife / animals

17. Show compassion

18. Accept defeat with grace

19. Deal with rejection and disappointment

20. Comfort others

21. Have a loving relationship

22. Don’t walk home alone at night

23. Get along with people you may not like that much

24. Always look on the bright side

25. Distinguish needs from wants

26. Support yourself financially

27. How to add, subtract, multiply and divide

28. Look someone in the eye when talking to them

29. How to tie a shoelace

30. Eat your greens


31. How to ride a bike

32. How to write a thank you letter

33. Tell the time on a clock with hands

34. How to make your bed

35. Always accept a challenge

36. How to deal with tragedy

37. How to resolve a dilemma

38. How to negotiate

39. To always clear your plate after dinner

40. Read before you go to bed because it’s good for you

41. How to drive a car

42. How to throw a ball

43. Don’t get involved in unnecessary dramas

44. Watch TV and play video games in moderation

45. How to read a traditional map

46. How to dress for an occasion

47. How to bake a cake

48. How to give a firm handshake

49. How to knot a tie

50. How to write an essay

51. How to wrap a present

52. How to change a flat tyre

53. How to fly a kite

54. How to start a fire

55. How to pitch a tent

56. How to dive into a swimming pool

57. How to do a cartwheel

58. How to use chopsticks

59. How to open a champagne bottle

Mirror UK

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