Even if you do not home-school your child, these are activities you should be doing to help them have a stress free adult life.
Every child/ teenager needs to know how to take care of themselves. It is a necessity for growing up and leading an independent life. Life skills are an important and crucial aspect education and should be on the school curriculum. However, it should be the parents/carers responsibility to ensure that the person in their care has been given the basic means by which to have a happy and successful Adult life. Even if you do not home-school your child, these are activities you should be doing to help them have a stress free adult life. FOR YOU!
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Young people need to know how to do their laundry, cook, clean their own home and manage their money. These are basic life skills that the average young person will, at some stage in their life, have to do for themselves. We often take these skills for granted, thinking that by osmosis they will just happen when a young person reaches a certain age. These skills should not be taken for granted as your child will have to spend time in adult life learning how to do them. They have plenty to do in adult life, why not give them a helping hand now.
Grocery shopping is an important aspect of life. Get them started by taking them family grocery shopping. This can begin as soon as they can read and understand what they’re reading. Start by letting them help you make your grocery list. Take them with you through the kitchen, bathroom and any other part of the house that you check while making your list of what you’re out of. Making a list is a very important part of the process. If, like me, you shop mostly online. Have them sit by your side and show them how you buy online and how to find good deals!
Children can make decisions of what to purchase
Give your child their own list. Let them travel through the store and collect their individual items. Teach them how to locate bargain items. It’s also good to give them a set amount of money to spend so they can learn how to save money on things. At the checkout counter, let them put their own items up on the belt for scanning and take care of paying for these items on their own. The gift of life skills - what more could they ask for!
Cooking is a skill they will thank you for the rest of their lives! They will save money from cooking from fresh and be a lot healthier. Start by finding kid-friendly recipes online, so that they can create their own dishes. Indeed, you may have your own recipes that you want to share with them. The skill of cooking cannot be underestimated. They do not have to be master chefs, but they should be able to put together a healthy and tasty meal for themselves. As time goes by, their level of cooking will increase, and as they get older they will need less and less supervision!
Being able to do laundry correctly may not seem like a big deal, but it can be when you run out of clean clothes. Even four-year-old can be taught how to sort laundry! They can sort and place items in piles! Show your child how Laundry is done. I will let you into a secret, my son, 18 at the time, was washing for months just using clothes softener. I noticed one day and asked him what he was doing. Apparently, he thought it was a liquid wash for the clothes. You can’t win them all!Eventually, they can do their own laundry and use the correct liquids!
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Cleaning the house is also vitally important. Having a germ free, dust free home which is free from bacteria has got to be a good thing, don’t you think? Allow your child to vacuum, dust and wipe down surface areas. Show them how to clean the toilet, even if they do not have to do it straight away. When they are old enough to clean it, they will know what to do.
Is there anything you do with your child/ teenager to prepare them for adult life?
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