Life skills for kids5 min read
Let your kids develop a backbone and not a wishbone. The future generation demands the skill of learning new skills. Everything else will become obsolete overtime. Have you ever wondered what it would be like if your children were told to manage all their daily stuff, homework, academic stress, handling their emotions all alone? Whether they possess essential life skills required to live in this world or not?
If you didn’t think about such questions earlier, then you must do that now! Because if your child can’t look after themselves, they can’t develop skills or the important personality traits alone.
Real life exposure over academic excellence
Apart from being academically excellent, it is very essential to be technically more smart and skillful in today’s modern world. You might be thinking- What is the need to teach your little ones at home when you spend so many bucks and send them to school. But you need to understand the fact that life skill education is not something which can be achieved at the school level. A child needs to gather sufficient experience, real life conversations, support from the elders and apart from all this, they need to incorporate moral values in life.
Here is a list of 8 skills to equip your child with. Have a look at them and make a note of all those skills your kids ‘must have’ and also for the ones that s/he already possesses.
Having decision-making skills
No one can afford to make poor decisions. You need to teach your child a systematic approach to decision making so that, no matter what type of decision they have to make, they can make it with confidence. Guide them, be with them and show them the right path whenever they lose the right path. Undoubtedly there are plenty of solutions to each problem. Make them wise and bold enough to be responsible for their own decisions.
Wondering how to teach your kids to cook and have an entire new experience in life ? Not only for adults but also for children, cooking can be a lot more than just a pleasure. Nowadays we often observe many reality shows as well as competitions where such activities are highly appreciated and rewarded. Keeping this factor aside, we never know what all difficult situations one can have in the future. Therefore it is wise to learn such essential skills right from an early age.
Indulge in cleaning and other household work
Learning to help with household chores helps children learn important skills and feel good about contributing to family life. Such skills are proven to enhance empathy, dedication and hard work amongst an individual. Being involved in chores also makes children feel wanted. A desire to be loved and a good spirit of positive energy.
Respecting the concept of Dignity of Labour
No work is big or small. Every work should be equally respected as well as equal to the other. Teach your kids to never perceive any job- big or small. If a person is striving hard for excellence and is dedicated towards his work, we all must appreciate his efforts. Children must respect this concept from an early age no matter what.
Being resilient and adaptive
Adaptive behaviors include real-life skills such as grooming, getting dressed, avoiding danger, safe food handling, following school rules, managing money, cleaning, and making friends. If your child appears to be lagging behind his peers when it comes to resilience and adaptive behavior, it’s important that you investigate to find out the source of the problem. Being able to adjust and adapt in frequent situations will eventually shape your little ones as better human beings.
Dealing with strangers
Tell your kids that if a stranger ever approaches and offers a ride or treats (like candy or toys) or asks for help with a task (like helping find a lost dog), they should step away, yell “No!” and leave the area immediately. Your child should tell you or another trusted adult what happened. However, it also becomes very important to encourage kids to trust their own instincts. Teach them that if someone makes them feel uncomfortable or if they feel like something’s just not right — even if they can’t explain why — they need to walk away immediately.
Taking stand for themselves
Teach them to be fair in every situation and they’ll learn to stand up for themselves. As with any skill in life, practice will build strength in your kid’s ability to stand up for themselves as well as for the needy. Tell them that being assertive doesn’t mean that they need to first fight every wrong person. They can take a stand for themselves by simply saying “no” when they feel tired or by simply refusing to listen to someone who disregards them.
Coping up with failure
Failure is inevitable in one’s life. It is therefore mandatory for all of us to overcome the fear of failure. Concerned as we are with success and survival, living in such a competitive world that worships winners and criticize losers, even people with normal self esteem tend to react to failure with a negative frame of mind and attitude. Besides this factor, it becomes exceptionally important for us to teach our kids to overcome failure.
If you really want your children to grow stronger, smarter and resistant to most of the problems, then you will have to teach them by examples. It’s never easy being a good and supportive parent. You need to strive for so many things altogether. But as parents if you are really trying hard to be one, then you already are a good parent! Hope that you like the above skills. Have a note for all of them and start working, enjoying and teaching your kid along.