Introduction: What are Life Skills & Why Do Children Need Them?
Life skills are skills which you need to lead a successful life. They can be categorized into two types- intrinsic and extrinsic.
Intrinsic life skills include the following:
– Emotional intelligence
– Dealing with change
Extrinsic life skills, on the other hand, are skills that help you in your career like negotiation and problem solving.
Teach Them The Value of Money
We want to teach children the value of money because we care about them and their future. It is important for children to learn that they can’t always buy what they want and need. They should understand that other families may not have as much money to spend on things like food, clothes, and toys.
Children should realize how lucky they are when you show them the difference between their life and a life without basic necessities.
Encourage Multilingual Activities
Children are natuarally good at learning new languages, and in order to support them, parents need to be aware of the benefits of multilingual activities.
Some benefits of teaching children a second language are improved cognitive skills, cultural understanding, and job opportunities. Furthermore, when they are adults they have the option of living in a country where the language is spoken.
Get Them Growing Fruit and Veg In The Garden
If you have outdoor space like a garden, balcony or patio, then it would be ideal to demonstrate to your children how easy it is to grow your own fruit and vegetables at home. It would provide them with a sense of responsibility as they would need to water, nurture and care for the plants over time. If you don’t have space at home, consider getting an allotment.
It would also encourage them to learn how to be more sustainable and rely on seasonal produce as opposed to purchasing items from a supermarket which have been shipped halfway across the world. They are going to be the future generation at one point so understanding what they can do to be more environmentally friendly is certainly positive as well.
Teach Them To Cook
Learning how to cook is a skill that you will use most days in your life. It allows you to be creative with ingredients and recipes whilst also creating something tasty to eat. Getting your children involved in helping you in the kitchen as you cook dinner or bake a treat is a great way to encourage interaction and enable them to give things a go. Maybe start with a meal they enjoy like a roast dinner. It will also enable them to be able to cook for themselves when they are older which is another step they can take towards becoming independent later on in life.