Teaching our children life skills takes time, effort, and consistency. It is best to start when they are very young and build upon their various skillsets as they age. The more skills you help them build, the more you have helped to raise a kind and responsible adult. Patience is key, as all of this is a process that takes years of nurturing and dedication. Below are 4 skills to start your child off on the right foot:
Cooking a Meal.
Every child needs to learn to cook before they leave home as adults. If they can’t cook for themselves, they’ll be wasting money on takeout and will likely eat less healthy. Teaching them to cook entails the ability to use a stove and mix and measure ingredients.. When you use recipes at home, walk them through the process – just start simple at first. Each time they cook with you, take the time to explain what you are doing and why. As they mature, you can teach them increasingly advanced cooking methods.
Before your kids move into their own apartment, teach them how to use a washer and dryer, so they feel confident in doing their own laundry –whether from the comfort of their home, on the on-site laundry facility, or at the local laundromat. The key parts of the whole process include separating the colors properly in the loads, using the right products, and drying on the correct settings. After all, is said and done, you should also teach them how to fold, organize, and put away the clean laundry.
Even though you will find that some kids are innately spenders or savers, children need to learn how to manage money, nonetheless. Teaching them how to be financially responsible with money in childhood opens the door to doing so as an adult. Start by providing your child with a small allowance for their respective list of chores each week. With the amount they receive, they will learn about the U.S. cash-based monetary system, the cost of various items, and the worth of a hard day’s work.
Responding in an Emergency.
Every child must know how to respond in an emergency. Knowing how to call 911 is usually the most basic skill that we can teach our children about emergency response. The next would be first aid and CPR skills, which are priceless because they can save someone’s life in the most opportune of moments. To locate a class for your teen, visit the Red Cross Training Services website and enter your zip code to find classes nearest to you. You will also find information on any site where babysitting classes are offered!
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