Building Life Skills
These days, there is a real lack of practical training in schools and even in some homes. With so much focus on and resources for “pure” academics, and downloading the latest app, sometimes basic life skills fall behind. Here are 5 areas outside of academic focus that build the foundation for a happy, confident child:
- Cleaning & Organization
- Money Management
- Physical Health & Safety Preparedness
- Social Skills (aka Manners!)
I’ve rounded up some great tools in these area to help foster these important life skills.
Cleaning & Organizing
Zone Cleaning for Kids is really not just for kids. It has a reusable chart, how-tos, and a framework of understanding how to go about cleaning a whole house without getting overwhelmed. Kids from X to 100 feel empowered when they focus on one area at a time, check items off their lists, and see real results. It’s been said that a clean home makes for a clear mind – a crucial building block for a happy, successful life.
How to Cook
Microwaves and McDonald’s may be convenient but they are not the healthiest or most cost-effective options for meal time. Give your kids the tools to be confident and independent in the kitchen. When a child learns how to cook, they are developing math and fine-motor skills, learning about applied chemistry. Plus, it gives them the tools to carry on family and community traditions.
Your Kids: Cooking is a multimedia kit that teaches kids ages 8 and up the gamut of basic cooking skills using step-by-step video demonstrations and kid -friendly written recipes. Kids do all the cooking themselves – parents just sit back and relax. Now that’s a treat!