Parents across the country are doing their best to create a routine for teaching at home. Although schooling has changed these past few months, the life lessons remain the same. Whether equipped with a curriculum or not, there are some skills you can teach your kids that don’t require a textbook or Google classroom. In fact, these life skills can be naturally woven into your already existing day-to-day routine. Kids are sponges and they are ready to soak-up information and learn. Here are great real-life skills that will benefit your children.
Teaching First Aid – First Aid is a life skill we use all too often. Whether it’s a knee scrape or a paper cut, kids will be kids and definitely will come across an injury or two. While stocking your first aid kit, ask your child if they know what each item is and how to use it. And the next time someone in the home needs First Aid, have your children walk through the procedure with you.
Learning about Money – Teaching children about money is a great idea. It’s never too early to purchase a piggy bank so children can learn how to track and save money. Teaching children early will help them build good habits. What kid doesn’t like to collect coins? Teaching them the value of their coins will go a long way. Next time you go to the corner store have your child bring a few bucks with them, and teach them how to add and subtract while at the store.
A lot of transactions are done online these days. For older children, teach them how to shop online. A lot of kids are purchasing DLCs and upgrading their characters in their video games. Educate children on the importance of using a secure internet connection at home as well as how to build strong passwords, and checking in with an adult before making any purchase.
Household Chores – Some children love to help out around the house. However, most children don’t know how much effort goes into making a home clean and tidy. Introducing children to chores will teach them that mommy and daddy don’t have a magic wand that makes everything clean. There are so many chores that children will find fun, especially when you turn it into a game. Make folding the most laundry a competition between parent and child, or see who can spread the bed the fastest. Other chores like dishwashing and vacuuming are also childhood favourites. Introducing children to chores early can certainly build skills that will help them become a well-functioning adult.
Cooking – Every kid has their favourite food to eat. Whether its pizza or grilled chicken, there is one meal your child can’t get enough of. Teaching children how to make their favourite food will introduce other valuable lessons like measuring, knife safety, and keeping the kitchen clean. It will allow them to explore how different ingredients create unique flavours. And the best part about cooking with kids is you get to bond while eating a great meal.