LIFE SKILLS to teach children at home during QUARANTINE
Parents around the world are doing their best to navigate some semblance of a school routine at home. 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.
However, there are following real-life skills you can teach your child at any point of time in life:-
- Basic First Aid :- While stocking your first aid kit, ask your child if they know what each item is for and how to use it. With their brains rapidly developing until age 25, kids are like sponges, ready to soak in information and learn. Research shows that when parents are actively engaged in a child’s exploration of something new, they can enhance what a child learns.
- Budgeting Money :- It’s never too early for a child to learn to be financially responsible, even if the child doesn’t have a real bank account. Since most teenagers get most of their money from the Mom and Dad, parents can require their kids to keep track of credits and debits in a checkbook. Parents can give their child a set amount of money that they can spend each day, week, or month. If the child observes their mock bank account balance going up and down, it becomes a reality check for how they spend their money.
- Doing Laundry :- At last, teach children that the clean-clothes fairy is a myth. Naturally, there are certain life skills that every child needs to become a well-functioning, independent human being – cooking, cleaning, and organization. We highly recommend these skills be taught, especially during a time when Mom and Dad have extra loads of dishes and laundry piling up.
- Ironing :- Even if a child is not yet old enough to use an iron, for example, they might be old enough to explore how such things work, storing the information away for later while actively engaging their minds in the process.
- Cooking :- Bonding over food is an activity that all ages can enjoy together. At our home, we can do a rotation where our kids take turns helping us cook dinner. This gives kids the opportunity to put effort into a tangible goal and see it through — in this case, in the form of a nutritious meal. It also teaches them how to take ownership. By assigning them tasks such as defrosting an item or collecting the ingredients from the pantry, they’re learning personal responsibility.
- Knife safety :- Experts suggest that after a few weeks of practice, kids over the age of five should be able to make breakfast on their own. There are a bunch of kid safe knives you can buy online that actually cut food. Practice cutting different types of foods and textures, teaching kids proper knife handling skills and safety. Have your kids make you a fruit salad for dinner at the end of the week.
- Using the Fire Extinguisher :- For this, you can enlist the help of YouTube to present a fun, educational video to kids while pointing out the extinguishers in your home.
- Learning how Tools work :- Knowing how to do basic repairs will foster independence and later on, save your child money when encountering something that needs fixing. There’s a huge opportunity here for parents to ensure their kids are still learning without ever opening a textbook. Children have the opportunity to learn life skills from their parents — the kinds of things many people don’t get the chance to learn until they are much older.
- Sew a button, clothes :- Not only is basic sewing easy to learn but younger kids love this activity. Learning such life skills are important because they equip your child with beneficial tools- which in turn produces self-confidence, knowledge, independence, assuming responsibility, and well-rounded human beings that contribute to the world around them.
- Engage in small talk :- Your kids may do well talking to friends and family, but become shy around new people. How can you help teach the art of conversation? Out in the world on their own, our kids will encounter many strangers — professors, coaches, advisors, landlords, store clerks, hairdressers, waiters, managers, and coworkers. Our adult kids need to know how to look to these people in the eyes, clearly communicate with them, and possibly even advocate for themselves if need be.
- Time Management:- Teens and kids thrive on structure but time management takes practice. When many young people head to college or leave their home for the first time, they often have very little idea about how to manage their time responsible. Homework gets forgotten, classes get missed, work shifts get missed (or they are late!) and oversleeping can be a problem, too. It is hard to manage all of these things with little or no prior practice. We suggest that parents allow their children and teens to actively help design their daily schedule for this unusual time away from school.”
And likewise there are numerous methodologies & techniques through which time can be utilized in an efficient manner.
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