Real World Skills To Teach Your Kids

Real World Skills To Teach Your Kids

It’s not enough for kids to have a good education. It is important but not everything they need to become adults in the real world. Provide your children with the tools to succeed in life. Kids need to learn the skills necessary to succeed in life. How to get ahead with finances, changing a tire, budgeting, and the list is endless. So many things you as a parent can do to help provide your children with the necessary skills to survive. You cannot get by with grammar and math alone. You need everyday skills that schools will not teach you. As an adult some skills we possess now we had to learn the hard way. Through trial and error. That’s not always a bad thing we all discover things that way but some things could have been avoided if we had the knowledge beforehand.

 

Starting Early

You can start early and instill these skills into your kids and lead by example. Sure you have probably already shown your children how to make the bed, how you throw out the, brushing teeth, and know addresses and phone numbers. It’s not just about showing them how to do it. Involve your kids. Let them help you do everyday things so it becomes natural for them to do. Starting around preschool and maybe even before depending on your child. You can start having them help you do things. It would be much faster if you could do them yourself but it’s not enough to just show them and expect them to know. Here is a list of things you can do with your child at preschool age:

  • Picking up toys
  • Water the plants
  • Learn how to reach emergency services
  • Have a fire escape plan and practice
  • Make the bed
  • Wash Hands and Face
  • Learn Address and Phone Numbers
  • Teach how to swim
  • Brushing Hair
  • Cleaning up messes

 

Elementary School Age

  • Vacuum
  • Basic First Aid
  • Count and Make Change
  • How to Manage and use an allowance
  • Practice Typing
  • Use the library
  • Ride a bus

 

Middle School Age

  • Load Dishwasher and wash dishes
  • Do laundry
  • Read a Map
  • Shop for clothes and toiletries
  • Make a bank deposit
  • Plan a Party
  • Operate a cell phone
  • Manage Allowance

 

High School

  • Cook Dinner
  • Change a tire and fill with air
  • Make a budget
  • Making Appointments (doctor, hair, etc)
  • Teach how to grocery shop
  • Pump gas
  • Write Checks
  • What to do and what not to do with a credit card

 

This basic list is just to help you as a parent to start thinking of what you can teach your child. Get creative and think of things you had to learn on your own that if you were taught it could have made your life easier. Give them a headstart with the basic skills. Get creative and think of other ways you can teach your child how to survive.

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