All parents want to raise their children in such a way that they grow up to become happy and functional adults. Read on to learn about the important life skills that your child must learn and how would you help him excel in these skills.
As a parent you must be trying to provide everything to your children. However, along with facilities and luxuries there are many things in life that are very important. Well, education is important in one’s life, but to be self-sufficient adult, your child should learn some life skills.
Many adults take life skills for granted. But the fact is life skill helps children become independent and live life smoothly. Always keep in mind that there will be a time when every adult will have to leave home and start an independent life. Help your child learn life skills so that life becomes easier.
Top 10 Life Skills Children Should Learn
Have a quick look at the top 10 life skills which you must teach your children
1. Problem Solving
There is cutthroat of competition in outside world and you should prepare your child to face it effectively. For this he or she should be able to think critically so that he or she is capable of observing and analysing any kind of situation to come up with smart solutions. You can do this by simply paying attention to everyday environment. For example, if your child comes up with a question, let him express what he thinks the answer should be. This will help him think, observe and analyse.
No matter how much you feel tempted to pick up the piles of clothes and books in your child’s room and arrange them on shelves properly, resist yourself. Make your child do these things on his own. Set some rules and be strict with them. Make your child understand the importance of being organised.
3. Time Management
Most kids do not know how long things take and so teaching them how to manage time is very important. Make a routine for important tasks including studies and play. Make sure you stick to this routine for some days so that your child gets used to this routine and also learns the importance of time.
4. Social Skills
This is one of the basic life skills that should be taught right from the time your child is a toddler. Let your child learn how to play well with others because when he will grow up he will be able to handle teamwork successfully and interact with other more efficiently and impressively.
5. Money Management
Most parents think that keeping money out of the reach and understanding of children is good for them. Well, money can be a real problem for anyone who does not know how to make proper use of it. So, start teaching your child financial skills now.
6. Relationship Skills
Encourage your child to choose friends with same interests and personalities so that they make good relationship bonding. Showing your kids having and maintaining good relationship skills is an easy way.
7. Housekeeping Skills
Let your child get involved in household chores so that he learns how to manage a house well when he or she grows up. Assigning a specific chore to him or her is the best way to help learn and excel.
8. Living Healthy
Encourage your kids to stay healthy and help them learn the importance of hygiene. This should include cleanliness in their bodies, clothes, room, keeping things organised and keeping a regular routine of fitness including eating healthy food.
9. Usage of Technology
Learning usage of technology efficiently is important these days. Your child must know how to make a call with a mobile phone and remember the numbers of his mother and father so that to call immediately during any emergency.
10. Laundry and Cooking
Surprisingly, learning to do laundry can start right from the child reaches the preschool age. They can help you sort the dirty clothes for washing and also try to fold clean and dry clothes so that they could be arranged on shelves.
A little bit of cooking should be
taught to children based on their age. They should learn some simple recipes which
can be made quickly and easily. Such recipes include bread-omlet, fruit salads,
vegetable salads, sandwiches or any other recipes which they can prepare with
So, now you know that there are some life skills that you should help your kids learn and excel. Just keep in mind that you do not force anything and keep your tone soft and polite when you are teaching your children these life skills.
Which are the most important life skills to be learnt by children? Why is it important to teach life skills to kids at an early age? How to encourage kids to learn important life skills? Discuss here.
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