When you teach children life skills, it does not have to take any time of your busy schedule, because when you spend time together, it makes sense that most of the teaching experiences take place right there inside your home or on any trips you take.
Many of the activities that we do in our daily life offer learning opportunities. Making use of these learning opportunities to teach children life skills you can enjoy the time with your children. The key is to raise your consciousness to the teaching moments.
Math also plays a part in everyday life and while you won't believe how it is part of your everyday life, I will share with you the numerous skills where math is used. Some examples are popping popcorn, shopping, playing games and with cards. And while teaching through real life experiences, it makes a great deal more sense.
Who better than a parent to teach a child something in the context of real life? We spend so much time with our children living our lives, it is simple to understand that these are times that we should be teaching them. It is not only for our children's benefit that we make use of this time, while we share our lives and experiences with them, we both learn. We can teach them about responsibilities of being an adult and by including them in some of our required jobs, we give them a glimpse at adult life. And as a bonus your relationship with your children will deepen. With more shared experiences you learn to relate to each other not just as parent and child, but as people. You will learn more about their values and they will learn more about yours. You will also argue less, because you both know where you stand with one another. Your communication will be stronger and they will know what is expected of them. They will understand your values and respect them as you respect their values. They will also gain solid, sensible judgment.
These experiences come from long talks and discussing simple jobs together. It is much easier to include children in your daily routine than you think. When you are cleaning, cooking, paying bills or with any other daily tasks, you may think it is easier not to have them under your feet, but they can be helpful and both of you can benefit.
Children like nothing more than to feel valued and what better way to value them than to ask them to complete an important household chore on which the whole family depends?
Here is a chart that describes how tasks your child can do around the house can result in the learning of some larger, important life skills. These are tasks that you teach your child to do by repeatedly including them when you do the activity. The goal is to enable your child to become independent with the task. Included is the minimum age level for success of the task:
Imagine the self-esteem boost your children gets from knowing that you have enough faith and trust in them to give them a real job. If your children know you are counting on them, they will rise to the occasion. Remember to congratulate them on doing such a swell job, and if you have to fix something afterwards, remember they are still learning and soon they will be able to do it as well as you.
A child's home should be a place where they feel secure, loved, trusted and valued. As you share teaching moments with your children they will feel the faith you have in them and will respond in a similar way.
Remember these three letters TAL, they stand for:
T = Time (the time you need to devote to your children)
A - Attention (every child needs and deserves this)
L = Listening (they need you to listen to their needs and feelings)
Do these while respecting your children and they will in return respect and love you.
Next time we will share some of the things you can do together, what your children learn from these things and how to do your part.(Like with the example with the washing.)
Thank you, join me again as we discuss the importance of teaching your children life skills and how easy it is to actually teach them these life skills just by living and enjoying life with them. Be sure to move along to part 7 where you can learn more on how to teach your children life skills.