10 Life Skills That All Children Should Have
You want your child to grow up independent, happy, healthy, and successful. Unfortunately, parents tend to pander to every whim of the child which leaves them unable to cope with life on their own. While you need to be a parent, there comes a time when you need to take a step back and teach them valuable life skills. So, what skills should children know, and won’t learn elsewhere?
Basic Food Preparation
Children should be able to prepare breakfast for themselves. If your child doesn’t know how to pour milk and cereal into a bowl, you have a problem. Kids over the age of 10 really should be able to prepare their breakfasts in the morning, even if it’s just cereal.
Teenagers should be encouraged to make their breakfast too. It’s the easiest task to complete but gives them a valuable life lesson. You can then work up to the child making their own sandwiches for lunch and then dinner – with your supervision, of course.
How to do Laundry
While your children live at home, you’ll probably do their laundry, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t teach them how to do it for themselves. You can’t be with them forever; at some point, they will grow up, move out, and have a place of their own. You shouldn’t have to do their laundry once they leave your home. It’s their responsibility.
If a child, as young as six, can use a washing machine, your eighteen-year-old can too. Show the child how to work the machine, so they can learn and do it for themselves. It might even inspire them to help more at home too.
Encourage the Child to Wake Themselves Up in the Morning
A child needs a routine to follow; however, you do not need to be their personal alarm clock. For example, your child gets up at 7 a.m. It gives them an hour and a half to wash, dress, and make breakfast. Instead of you waking them up, let them do it. If the child can’t get up on their own, buy an alarm clock for them.
Gas Up the Car
One of the most frustrating things for parents after their child has borrowed their car, is to leave it on empty. It’s not considerate and it’s time your child learned how to fill up the gas tank. It’s a basic lesson in life but one all teens should know. If teenagers don’t know how to pump gas, they’ll never make it on their own.
Learning to Create a Household Budget
Children need to understand the value of a dollar. You must teach your children how to make and stick to a budget. Being able to create a household budget is a valuable life skill because it’s something they will use throughout their lives. Sit them down and teach them how to manage a paycheck, pay bills, buy groceries, and putting aside money for a rainy day fund and retirement.
Deceptively simple, any child should be able to buy groceries. So, encourage them to write a list of the essential items they would need. It’ll help them plan meals when they’re older and use their budgets wisely.
Good Hygiene Habits
Children should automatically learn this life skill when they are babies as they follow your example of good hygiene. However, if a child doesn’t bathe or groom themselves, it’s time you taught them how to. Going back to basics is what’s needed to give the child a very crucial – albeit simple – life skill.
Handling Basic Household Chores
One life lesson that can’t be taught in high school is how to clean and maintain a home. Fortunately, you give your child all the practical experience they need. Get them to help you clean the home and take their share of the domestic duties. It’ll give them practical skills they need in later life.
Let Creativity Flow
Children must learn to be their own problem-solvers. As a parent, you’re there to guide them; however, there will come a time when you can’t solve every problem. It’s time you let the child use their brain and get their creative juices flowing.
Being Able to Self-Advocate
Children need the confidence to talk respectfully to educators. Children, regardless of their age, should be able to approach a teacher and ask about assignments or homework. It can prepare them for life and speak up for themselves.
Life Skills Set a Child on the Right Path
Simple life skills, values, and lessons aren’t always things you learn in the classroom and that means parents need to step up. It isn’t easy to educate your children, but it’s necessary. Teach the child to be kind, how to budget, and clean up after themselves. They will thank you for it later.