To Prepare Children For The Real World, Parents Need To Teach Them A Few Crucial Life Skills

Date November 10, 2017

Apart from showing your children unconditional love and acceptance, one of the most important things your child should learn from you is how to survive in the real world. There are basic and valuable skills every child must learn by the time he or she gets to high school age. Let's highlight a few of them.

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1. Feed themselves

No, your child does not have to be a gourmet chef but he should at least be able to make a meal for himself. This does not mean you stop cooking altogether but you need to be confident in your child's ability to make himself a sandwich, pack his lunch, etc, in case there's an emergency and no one else can do it.

2. Wake up

At some point, you just have to quit being an alarm clock for your children. This is not very easy to do since you have a particular day-to-day routine but ignoring it will not serve them when they go to college or try to survive out there in the real world. Don't make it all better when they oversleep by driving them to school.They would only continue to believe that no matter how late they sleep, mum will always be there to make things better. You need to prepare your child for when you are not there to do so.

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3. Laundry

When teaching your child how to do her laundry, avoid criticising her. The only reason she doesn't know it is because you haven't taught her. So, be patient and encouraging. Same goes for teaching all the other skills on this list.

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4. Stand up for himself

Your child ought to learn how to stand up for himself especially when it comes to authorities. If for instance, they have problems with school grades, you don't always have to be the one jumping in to save the day. Teach him to respectfully and effectively pass his point across. This skill will serve him for life.

5. Go grocery shopping

Your child just has to be able to take care of herself and this includes grocery shopping. She should know how to get what she needs and this is a skill she should have by the time she's in high school.

There are a lot of things you ought to teach your child. Typically, just focus on skills that you know they need to be able to survive and thrive on their own. No, there are no guarantees that everything will perfect, but being a parent means you have to do all you possibly can and hope it will all be okay.

Source: Parenting