Did you know you can help your child succeed in the future by encouraging a few simple skills at home? Children need to learn more than just academically. Life skills go hand in hand with development and can help your child succeed later in life. Discover essential life skills your child should know and ways to incorporate them into your daily routine. We’ve got your covered in today’s topic.
What Are Life Skills?
A skill that is necessary or desirable for full participation in everyday life. Teachers sometimes describe these skills as “learning to learn” skills, which can be developed through intentional daily activities.
Independence & Responsibilty
Let’s face it. When our little ones grow up, they are very likely to leave home to pursue their education or career. And if they aren’t taught responsibility and daily-living skills today, it would be a problem for them in the future. Most parents run around doing everything for their children so much so that the child doesn’t get involved in anything. This shouldn’t be the case. Be it putting their school bag together or taking the plate to the kitchen, ensure your little one is ‘responsible’ for their work. Teach these skills now, before it’s too late! Let your children do their own tasks. Let them pack their own school bag, make their own bed, and even pack their own lunch! You can do this by making each task a bit exciting by helping them out. Buy them new bedding and cushions themed around a cartoon or movie they love. Have a sandwich station or a pancake station for breakfast with cut-up fruits, jams, syrup, spreads, etc, so they can make their own plate and eat it the way they like.
You’re probably wondering how. Well, you can do this by getting your kid to claim responsibility for their own time. Do this by getting them an alarm clock that they can use to wake up on time for school, instead of you waking them up. Get them a planner to use to track their school work and other extra-curricular work and to keep track of what needs to be done by when.
Money Management & Budgeting
This is quite a basic one among life skills. Give your little ones a certain amount of pocket money every week or every two weeks that they have to use for their expenses. If they wish to buy something a little more expensive, ask them to save up their pocket money to buy it. Or, you can lend them a helping hand by telling them that for every chunk of money they save, you’ll add a certain amount of money to their fund for buying the product. This will motivate them more. I think the concept of comparative shopping also comes under the concept of teaching your child about budgeting. Tell them why you choose comparatively cheaper options sometimes. When they want to buy a few things when you go shopping, encourage them to pick one or two items if they’re of the same kind. This kind of budgeting training develops a habit in your child to not waste money and to respect its value.
Getting little ones involved in cleaning activities can be an uphill battle but we assure you that your effort will be well worth it! Start small by just asking them to keep their room clean, make their bed, and make sure everything they own is in its right place. You can then ask them to clean the dishes that they use to eat after eating as well. You can ask them to dust the tables one day and ask them to take the trash out on another; you can also ask them to set the table in whichever way they think looks the best and ask them to get creative with it
Basic Restaurant Etiquettes
Teach your little one about how to behave at a restaurant and how to place an order. Ask them to place their own orders and decide on what they want to eat on their own. Also teach them how to eat with a knife and fork, how to place the knife and fork on the plate once they’re done eating, and on how to tip the waiters.
People & Social Skills
We’ve all taught children about stranger danger and as important as it is, it is also important for your little one to develop social and people skills. Teach your little ones to do exactly what adults do, teach them to differentiate between good strangers and bad strangers. Teach them how to interact with good strangers. Teach them how to make friends, how to be friendly to good adults, and just how they should go about interacting with these people. If we don’t teach children this at a young age, they may not develop positive social skills.
Instilling the importance of the environment and sustainability at an early age will teach your child to be more loving towards the planet. Teach your little one on why preserving the environment is essential by making small lifestyle changes at home. Get them to practice eco-friendly habits in everything they do. You can also make them do environmental activities such as gardening and collecting waste to throw in a bin. If you have a yard, give them a portion of the yard to plant whatever they like in. Help them sow seeds and make it their responsibility to water the plants. If you don’t have a yard, you can always use planting pots.
Health Care & First Aid Skills
Your little one may end up getting hurt with you completely out of range so how about empowering them such that they are able to take care in case of an emergency until they’re in the hands of an adult? This is essentially something the child’s schooling should cover but it is strongly encouraged to be reinforced at home by teaching your child essential first aid steps. And you can do this by showing them a first aid kit and its contents. Children are, after all, excellent learners! Another important skill is teaching your child to take care of their health. Instead of forcing your little one to eat vegetables, talk to them about the health risks of eating junk food all the time and explain how the healthy food will benefit them in a way that they can apply to themselves.