Life skills to teach your children

Making sure children are self-sufficient is important for their progression into adulthood. Getting in some basic life skills while they’re still young can help in the long run. Things like independence and confidence can help children perform at their best, both in and out of the school environment.
These basic life skills can help aid in the foundation of many others. Things like organisation, problem-solving and critical thinking can be by-products of their newfound life skills from a young age.
Giving children chores and tasks to complete can provide children with responsibility. Whether it be as small as picking up after themselves, packing their school lunch or taking the bin out of a morning and night. It can be tempting to step in and do household tasks yourself (we all know they can be a little slow) but that takes away the lesson. Taking over can mess with the child’s confidence and independence. Children will enjoy the responsibility of having something to do around the house and enjoy pitching in.
Pull out the recipe books! Following a recipe not only involves some cooking skills, but children have to follow instructions and apply some valuable maths skills with measurements. If they enjoy it (and what they made is edible) why not encourage them to do it regularly. They become both accustomed to handling food and fending for themselves.
Give your child someone else to care for, i.e., a Puppy (win, win for you too by the way). A pet can teach children further responsibility and how to care for something else. By remembering to feed the pet and cleaning up after it, will allow children to recognise that they need to consider others’ feelings and needs. Being responsible for a living being will also boost children’s confidence.
Teaching your children skills that can be applied in serious situations is also just as important as those that teach independence. One skill needed is how to perform first aid if a situation ever arises. Knowing how to bandage a wound, how to properly clean wounds and applying pressure to stop the bleeding can be some of the key basics. Showing your children where the first aid kit lives and what lives in it is important if the time ever comes.
How to deal with money is a major life skill that will definitely be needed. If your children get pocket money or birthday money as gifts it’s a great opportunity to teach them how to manage it. Why not help them open their own bank account? It can teach them how to budget and think hard about their purchases. Saving is the key skill here, it’s something that is vital for their adulthood and introduces the idea of gratification for their future purchases and therefore rewards.
Decision making is something that as a young child they may not come across often. Encourage your child to make decisions for themselves when the opportunity presents itself. In having a decision, it means the child had a few different options to choose from. Help your child to weigh up the pros and cons of each decision. If the situation is right, include them in family decisions. Not only will it give them responsibility but it also furthers their sense of belonging.
Spending time alone can also be beneficial for development. It may sound a little obvious, but with connections and the internet at our fingertips children are used to being entertained most of the time. Encourage your child to read a book or sit outside in the sun for a bit, just on their lonesome. This might generate some creativity and perspective.
In modelling all of these skills, children will be able to see how applicable and important they can become.