There are many things that come with the joys of parenting and teaching our children life skills is a very big part of that. We want our children to grow up to be self-sufficient and capable of dealing with daily life, but that isn’t just going to happen overnight. In order for children to grow up to be able to function productively on their own, they need to be taught and guided towards the direction of success through learning experiences. We want to be able to provide our children with the best life possible, but that also means teaching them how to have the best life possible when they are off in the big, wide world on their own.
Life Skills Your Kids Need
It is important that we teach our children how to manage time properly. You are not always going to be there to manage their calendars for them. Give them simple timelines that they are responsible for managing and expand from there. I use this tool for homework as my boys struggle with this but if they know there is an end time, I find it’s easier for them to follow through.
Chores are important for children to participate in because it instills a sense of responsibility and teaches them how to complete daily tasks. Make sure you are assigning age-appropriate chores and teaching them how to execute them properly. We have a chore chart and each of my kids knows that they must check it daily to see what they are doing.
It is very important that we teach our children to make healthy food choices so that they can remain healthy in adulthood. Educate your children on the importance of fueling their bodies with the right types of food and show them how to cook it. I am a big advocate of having the kids in the kitchen. I haven’t always been the best in this department, but this year I am making positive changes for myself and the kids.
We want our children to grow up and be financially responsible, but how are they to do that if we don’t prepare them for that? Show your children how to manage their money and save their money by opening a savings account.
There are many life skills that children will need to be aware of before they go off into that big world on their own and it is our job as their parents to ensure that they are prepared.
What other life skills do you think could be added to this list?