As parents, we love our kids so much we want to protect them, help them, and cultivate them into perfect, happy humans. Unfortunately, this over parenting has the opposite effect, leaving our kids unready for the world and life as adults.
With so much for our children to learn in today’s high-tech world, it’s all too easy for them to miss out on practical life skills, whether it’s running a load of wash, making a meal, or tying up their own shoe lace.
Children don't naturally know how to make good choices. Life skills help children know what to do in everyday situations as well as how to make good decisions about more abstract, long-term choices. If you work with your child to teach life skills, you prepare them to manage peer pressure and make good decisions as they grows into adulthood.
Life skills are valuable lessons kids will use throughout their lifetime. But most kids don't learn how to handle real-world situations until they're in high school. So don’t wait until your kids are teens to teach them life skills. Childhood is a training ground for the real world. Now get a jump start on teaching practical lessons to your children right now, starting with decision making and then building on each life skill lesson as your children grow.
The key life skill is good decision-making. Making good decisions is a life skill every child should begin learning at a young age. This skill is not inherent, it is learned through recurrence and practice.
Begin with basic decisions like chocolate versus vanilla ice cream, blue socks or white socks, playing trains or playing cars. As they grow up they begin learning about the rewards of good decisions and the consequences of bad decisions. Walk them through the many steps of good decision making and help them weigh their options and then let them make the final decision to see how things play out.
Every parent knows how important time management is to keep your family on track. But it's also important for lessons now.
Only teaching them how to measure time is not good enough instead stay on task and keep to a schedule help make your days less demanding, taking in this fundamental ability additionally causes them progress toward becoming bosses of time so they can do everything from get up on schedule to someday getting to work on time.
Wake themselves up on time & getting ready
By the time your kid is entering high school, you ought to have confidence they can wake themselves up and get themselves washed and dressed up on their own.Kids can learn how to get ready on their own at an early age too. Let them pick out the clothes they'll wear the next day before they go to bed. Choose an alarm clock that's easy for them to set. Lay out their hair brush and toothbrush. Train them to do this.
Make a simple meal
Even the youngest children can learn how to prepare a meal in the kitchen. We're not talking about a five-course dinner, of course, but you can teach them to fix a sandwich at least.By the age of 12, children should be able to make a simple dish such as pasta, or omelets and know how to use stove or microwave.
Also take them for grocery shopping for ingredients, and use it as an an opportunity to educate your child about nutritional choices. Involve them in preparing food and make them become more confident in the kitchen as they grow up.
Hygiene and cleanliness.
Kids will never be too young to begin learning about these. We always keep telling our kids to brush their teeth, make their bed, wash their hands, take a bath and change underwear's . Instead of just asking your kids to do these tasks explain them why we have to do them and why they are important for their life always and how it’s going to affect their health and hygiene.
It is very easy for us parents to tidy up after our children, but that is not in their best interests instead assign them to do it. Start with age-appropriate chore charts that include learning how to make the bed, dust and clean up after their own mess. Ask them to keep their toys neatly and clean the room after playing, teach them to dust, sweep – starting with their own bedrooms. Set a daily housekeeping schedule to make cleaning a part of their routine and stick to it.
We teach our kids to count. We teach our kids basic math. We can take those lessons further and turn them into life skills they can begin using right now. Money management is something even adults have trouble with. Now's the perfect time to start teaching your children about money, its importance and how to manage it so they'll be better prepared when they start earning a paycheck of their own. So that they can learn how to save, spend wisely, make change and even understand that writing a check or using a credit card isn't free money.
Once children get older, they become more independent and life skills become more critical. By working with your children in their younger years, you have more opportunity to practice the skills that will help them as they get older and face more difficult choices. In addition, discussing things with you can become a habit with your kids, keeping the conversation going throughout their lives and enabling you to guide your kids with your experience as well.
Life skills help your child through the turbulence of adolescence and help them steer clear of irresponsible decisions throughout life. Good life skills enable your child to manage money responsibly, make healthy food choices, stand up to unhealthy peer pressure and be a good parent in the long-term.
Rise truly independent children, both for your own sake and for their sake. If you can do that, you’ll have independent, successful children