Your children need to learn basic life skills in order to become successful adults. Start with these simple skills, essential and helpful tasks that will help you grow strong, independent kids.
As a parent, it is our responsibility to teach certain life skills to our children. Life skills are not always taught in school, and to help your child succeed in life, they will need to know these important life skills so they can tackle the world and prepare to be an independent adult one day.
Our world is always changing, and as a parent, we need to do our part to help our child learn how to survive once they flee and go away to college or move out on their own, without us supervising or caring for them daily. When you begin teaching life skills to your child early on, it will help them really become instilled with these skills, so that they can make them a part of who they are. That when they are away they know how to clean up after themselves, cook, interact socially with others, and so on. All children, regardless of their gender, need to know all these skills below.
Basic Life Skills Every Child Needs To Know
No one enjoys cleaning, doing dishes, taking the trash out, and doing the laundry, but someone has to do it. Teach your child how to do all things in the home. From sweeping and mopping, dusting, properly washing and folding laundry, cleaning dishes, and the list goes on. One day they won’t have you to do things for them. I can’t tell you how many college students don’t know how to do laundry when they leave home. That is something we have to teach our children. They don’t have to do laundry on their own all the time but they do need to know how to do it.
Value of Money
Teaching your child the value of money and to appreciate it is a must. So many people live in debt because they don’t know how to manage their money. Make sure to share why they need to save money back, for instance, college, an emergency fund, etc. Teach them how to think before they buy items, to make sure it is a good idea and they have the money for it and won’t regret it later. Teach them to take care of their belongings, be thankful for what they have, and not to take items for granted.
No matter if you are a boy or a girl, cooking is a great life skill to teach. We all have to eat to survive and it is good that your child begins to learn how to cook. Make sure you teach them to cook in age-appropriate ways. Don’t let your 5-year old put food into a hot oven on their own, but you can let them help prepare the cake batter or prep for dinner. By slowly working with your child and teaching them how to make meals, this will be a huge skill they will be able to implement daily in their life.
Sewing is a great skill to know when you get a hole in a shirt or jeans. I know some school still have a sewing portion to help teach kids some basics. If not consider teaching them basic sewing skill in case they run into a button falling off a shirt, or needing a small repair on jeans.
We live in a world full of technology, and it can be a struggle to get kids to step away and do something physical. For their health, it is important to get up and be active. So try and find an outlet for your child to get up and play. Whether it be swimming, playing at the park, taking a karate class, just find something that allows them a bit of physical activity a few times to each day of the week.
Self-care to me is a big one. Make sure to help your child learn that brushing their teeth helps keep cavities and painful visits to the dentist away. Making sure they can dress themselves, brush their hair, and so on. Sadly not all children learn these skills and have issues later on in life.
Small DIY Projects
Letting your child begin to help with DIY projects allows them to know that they can tackle projects. Say the water faucet in the bathroom is leaking, let them grab a wrench and help you as they get older. Give them a piece of wood and teach them how to hammer in a nail, things of this nature. That way when they are older they can be somewhat of a handyman for their own home and projects.
Teaching your child to be on time and aware of how long something will take them is such an asset. From getting to work on time to meeting deadlines for school and work. Time management is something they will use daily.
Even More Basic Life Skills To Teach
- Organizing and decluttering
- Writing a letter
- Meal prepping
- Learning navigational directions
- Social cues and respect
- Comparison shopping for deals
- Treating a wound
- Healthy habits