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Life Skills

 ife skills are important for every child to learn. These skills assist the child in knowing how to be productive adults. Many of these skills are not taught in the education system and are needed for a child’s growth and development. Parents can start teaching these skills at an early age to help achieve these goals in the future. Kids should have the opportunity to do these skills and progress throughout the growing process. As parents, we can start teaching some of the important areas of life that will help influence the children as they get older. Skills such as shopping, cooking, spending and saving money are just a few skills that are needed in everyday life. When kids understand and help do these on a regular basis, it will make it easier on them when they live on their own in the future. 



House Work 

Our children watch and learn from us on a daily basis. This is how kids learn to interact and experience things during each day. It is important for parents to start teaching children at a young age how to do things on their own. Some of the chores that kids can help out with around the house will allow them to be helpful and independent. When you are cleaning house give your child a cleaning rag and let them dust off the furniture. This will make them feel like they are helping and it also teaches them to clean up messes. Kids can help with laundry. You can teach them to sort laundry by color which is a complete learning experience that they will enjoy doing with you. Teach them how to fold clothes and to put their clothes in the hamper when they are dirty. These little chores teach the children to pick up after themselves and how to do laundry as they grow up into adulthood. 

Meal preparation can also be a life lesson that kids can learn to do at an early age. When they are young, you can have them help you. Give them small chores to do with you. They can help set the table, or assist with cooking or baking. Let them stir or add ingredients to the meal. If you are making cookies, show them how to cut the cookies into fun shapes. The kids will want to help and it will feel like they contributed to the food that they are eating. As kids get older you can expand their activities in these chores to let them help you more. By the time the kids are teenagers they will know how to take care of the basic housework and meal preparation. This can allow them to do it on their own when you feel they are ready to do so. 

Grocery Shopping 

Small children can begin helping with the grocery shopping in the home. You can have the kids help you look through the cupboards and refrigerator to see what items are missing that you need from the store. You and your child can scout through the sales papers and pick out items that you need. This will teach the child to recognize food by pictures. You can explain the process of shopping and how to do this process. Kids will enjoy spending time and learning how to pick out food that they want or need in the home. If you’re a parent who uses coupons, your child can help with picking out coupons and cutting them out. 

Take the child with you to the grocery store. Have them help you find the items that you need in the home. They will enjoy this chore because it makes them feel that they are being helpful. Once the kids are old enough, you can teach them math while grocery shopping. Price comparison and bargain shopping is a great way to allow kids to learn what prices are the cheapest. Once the child is old enough to properly add and subtract; they can help out by adding up the grocery cost while you shop. 

The Concept of Money 

Money is very important knowledge in a child’s life. They need to learn how to count money, pay for items and figure out the change they should receive back. When children are little; you can begin showing them money and explaining it to them. My kids learned money when we would play the game of life and monopoly. This taught them how to figure out how much money to pay for the property and how much money someone owed them. They would also learn to figure out giving someone change. Another fun game the kids would play was pretending to run a store. I had gotten them a pack of play money and toy groceries. They would set the items up in the living room and then pretend to shop. The kids had a lot of fun with this game and it taught them how to shop and pay for items. They also had a piggy bank. When they would receive money for birthdays or other occasions they would put the money in their bank. They were taught to save their money until they had enough to pay for an item they wanted. Every couple of weeks we would take the money out of the piggy bank and count it. The kids would keep track of the amount on paper and figure out how much money they still needed for their goal. 

Teenagers need to learn how to open a bank account, write checks, pay bills, and to handle money maturely. Let the teenagers get a job and open a bank account. The job can be something as helping around the neighborhood or doing chores at home. Other jobs can be babysitting, tutoring, or other things that teenagers can do if they are not old enough to work at a business. Once they have received money, take them to the bank and let them open an account. Teach them how to manage money and write checks. 

Another option that can teach teens about life skills is to have them understand the concept of paying for bills and living expenses. You can use monopoly money and have them find a job they could do in the local paper. Then figure up how much money it would cost for a place to live. Then figure up utilities and how much money they would need to pay their bills each month. This is a good practice for teens to learn the value of money and paying bills. Being able to teach teens this type of life skill will help understand how to do these things on their own when they become adults.