Every day is a learning day for children. One of the most important skills to nurture as a parent is the ability to recognize and capitalize on "teachable moments." A teachable moment is an unplanned event during the day that adults can use as a learning opportunity for kids.
A teachable moment can happen almost anywhere; chances are, many of the valuable lessons you learned as a child were not consciously taught at all. Rather, they were learned in the midst of casual moments of “real life” -- shopping in the supermarket, walking through a mall, setting the table for dinner, strolling outdoors, or driving to the store.
Everyday living provides everyday learning opportunities. Here are some keys to recognizing teachable moments:
Examples of opportunities for teachable moments: