In a recent article by Erinne Magge, the author discusses the 11 different key life skills that kids can learn during this time in their house. While we understand the importance of engaging them with books and other activities, this might be a good time as any, to help your kids learn some of the key life skills that they can learn.
So here are a few that can be used for starters:
1) BASIC FIRST AID
They are countless DIYs online which shows the making of a simple DIY first aid kit for kids. But more importantly, take out the one you have currently and introduce your child to the names and functions of each. First aid is an important life skill for any human being so learning it is quite essential.
Make sure your child takes a keen interest in this by making it a fun game or coupling it with a quiz.
2) BUDGETING MONEY
Erinne agrees that it’s never too early for kid to learn to be financially responsible. While most teenagers often get money from their parents for spending, budgeting is a good way to help them keep track of their expenses.
Start with a small activity – you could work with giving those small tasks everyday asking them to keep account or you could also involve them in a DIY – making their own notes and coins using stationary. And with that, introduce a game to help them understand transactions better.
To our utter surprise, some kids are still made to believe that there is a clean clothes fairy! Laundry is a life skill that would save them both time and a lot of energy and impart an important lesson – to think twice before making a mess.
Try introducing your kids to a bit of laundry during this period – like a handkerchief or an underwear and let them learn to wash, dry and hang on their own. They will thank you for this once they leave for college and are living on their own.
4) KNIFE SAFETY
You will be surprised to know that the syllabus in Montessori schools involve knife skills. Though they are banned for use for kids especially, with proper care and supervision, kids can taught to operate sharp objects and maybe even start to cut vegetables and fruits.
Safety is of prime concern so make sure that you take adequate measures to ensure that.
There are a couple of more life skills that can be brought up to your kids during this time. Do your research and encourage them to learn with you.
Learning doesn’t always have to be boring, it’s in the way it is imparted so make sure to induce fun along with it.
Learning is a lifelong process and with abundant time at hand, we need to make the most of it and make sure to impart essential knowledge to our kids.