Ever wish there was a class you could take on life? Like one that prepared you for what to do when life took an unexpected twist or turn? Well, unfortunately there isn’t one and most of life is about doing what we think is best and learning from what worked and what didn’t. When you become a parent one of the most challenging parts is preparing our kids for their own game of Life and trying to teach them how to deal with situations that you may have dealt with. Obviously no one can prepare their kids for all of life’s ups and downs, but we can help to get them off on the right foot by making sure they know certain things that will make life a little easier. These 1o life skills every child should learn are great a jumping off point to making sure that as a parent, we are doing our best to be sure that when our children do move out, they are as prepared as possible.
The list that we need to teach our children, from kindness, to empathy to problem solving, goes on and on. This list though, is more about life skills. Things that can actually be taught, practiced and mastered (more or less). There is no real right or wrong age to begin to leach these types of things, and chances are, you probably have been teaching them some (if not all) already! These life skills will help your children, endure, and survive through most emergencies in life and are a vital part of any upbringing.
This is an obvious one! Most kids enjoy cooking and as a parent, you can help to teach some basic cooking skills from when your kids are very young. Begin with cutting, chopping and serving and progressively move up to knowing how to use hot surfaces and using a sharp knife. The more you involve your kids, the more you will notice that they will probably enjoy the process and cooking will become easy to them. The more a child is involved in the cooking process the more likely they are to try new foods too- which is always a good thing!
2. First Aid Skills:
Children hurt themselves quite frequently while playing, so this should be a high priority life skill training for them. They should learn how to save themselves and others from accidents and emergencies and what to do in the event of an emergency.
3. How to Swim:
This is not just for summer time fun. It’s imperative that all kids learn how to swim even if you doesn’t live close to water. This is one skill that may not only save your child, but also help them to save someone else.
4. Basic Money Management Skills:
This is one of the most important life skills that you can teach your children. Teaching them the value of money and how to save money in order to use it in future is an essential life skill that all adults can agree on. Showing them how to spend and save properly can make or break a young adults life.
5. Basic Household Repairs:
Most kids are anxious to learn how things work, so you may as well take that curiosity and motivate them to learn something more from their inquisitiveness. You can teach him/her to change a light bulb, how to unclog a toilet or turn off the gas. But don’t forget to guide them about the safety measures they need to keep in mind while handling tools and dealing with electronics.
This life skill is one we are about to tackle in this house. Even young kids should learn the basics of putting their clothes in the laundry basket and sorting colors and whites. When they are a little bit older, they can learn how to use the washer and dryer and how to properly fold clothes. Washing their own clothes will be helpful for your kid when they head off to college someday- unless you plan on visiting very week and doing it for them!
7. Wilderness Survival Skills:
This one will vary on where your family lives and your lifestyle, but even if you never really camp or are even very outdoorsy, every kids should learn some basic wilderness survival skills. Things such as how to build a basic shelter, cook over a campfire, move safely over harsh terrain, and how to look for help, can teach a child some tricks and skills if they ever did get lost outside. These skills will help kids build self-confidence and independence, at the same time experiencing fun adventures.
8. Home Garden Basics:
Again, this one will vary depending on where you live and your life style, but even if you don’t want to plant a single plant, this is an important life skill that will teach your children to respect and cherish nature. We have lots of plants here and but next year I want to try my hand at actually planting a veggie garden, and I know my kids will love helping me with this. Teach your kids the basics about how weather affect plants; how seeds sprout, how gardeners cope with plant problems, etc.
9. Defense/Stranger Danger Skills:
This is a scary one for parents to think about, but it is a must. Since you can’t be with your kids all the time to protect them from everything, we need to teach our kids about what to do if they ever find themselves in a dangerous situation, and preferably how to ever prevent that from happening.
10. Time Management:
Last but certainly not least, every child needs to learn how to manage time from an early age. Begin with teach them how to dress without help, get ready before school, and finish homework within a specified time. Later progress into teaching them how to balance their schedules and keep themselves organized. As they grows up, they’ll know how to manage time effectively- which is a skill ALL adults need to know!