Is your child learning the life skills they need to become independent adults? Once you complete these life skills checklists you might be surprised!!
We’ve all heard stories about kids going off to college never once doing a load of laundry or preparing a meal for themselves. I remember my freshman year of college living off take out and Ramen Noodles because it was the only thing I knew how to cook. It didn’t take long for me to surpass the dreaded Freshman 15 as I skyrocketed to my highest weight ever.
I wish my waistline was the only thing that grew, but my credit card and student loan debt were also through the roof. I didn’t know much about managing money outside of spending it. Words like interest rate, taxes, and late fees didn’t mean much to me back then. These days when I pay my student loan bills I keep telling myself, “man, I wish I knew then what I know now.”
I don’t want my children to have the same regrets when they get older and that is why teaching them essential life skills is so important to me and my family.
UNICEF defines life skills as “psycho-social abilities for adaptive and positive behavior that enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life.” So basically life skills help you to adapt and cope with the daily challenges life throws your way.
There are a wide range of life skills that you can teach your child. Listed below are the seven life skills I believe are the most beneficial for children to learn in order to be successful in school and life:
- Self-Care Skills
- Self-Management Skills
- Interpersonal Skills
- Decision Making Skills
- Time Management Skills
- Money Management Skills
So how do we teach children these life skills?
Check out my latest eBook, Life Skills For Kids: Preparing Children For Success. You will find step by step guides, activities, and numerous tips and strategies on teaching children the seven life skills mentioned above.
In the meantime, I’ve put together these Life Skills Checklists for Children and Teens I hope you find them useful! Below is a sample of two of my life skills checklists.
I hope you find these life skills checklists useful. What are some life skills you teach your children?
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