Keep Your Children Engaged During Lock down: Teach Some Life Skills
As your kids continue to stay home because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s one way you can keep your children engaged during this lock down: teach them some life skills!
Life skills go hand in hand with development, and can help your child succeed later in life. Have you ever wondered if your child can actually be independent? Will your child be able to look after themselves if left alone for a while? Do you think your child is well-equipped with essential life skills to face the world?
It’s absolutely important for children to learn more than just academically. And enrolling them in various activity classes is a great idea, but it isn’t enough. If your child can’t look after themselves, they can’t develop essential life skills or the important personality traits developed alongside them.
Life skill education simply cannot stop with the exposure your child receives in school. To learn its importance, a child needs to be taught at home through experiences and training activities. So, let’s look at a few skills that are essential for any growing child to learn in order for them to find it easy to deal with adulthood.
Our manners are the courteous behaviors to we to show we are kind and respectful. All kids need to understand manners so they can be socially appropriate in a variety of settings, such as a restaurant, at the library, or even answering the phone.
To inculcate this skill in your kid, you must first demonstrate it by your example. As your child sees you display proper manners both at home and outside the home, he is more likely to start practicing it himself. You can also write this manner words (please, thank you, sorry, sir, ma, etc.) and paste them at strategic locations that the child/children can see them clearly.
A positive attitude is the first step to having a growth mindset. Having a positive attitude in life can help children overcome any problem in life. If a child thinks positively, he will be able to solve problems quickly and will learn to look at various aspects of life with a positive mindset.
A small setback can affect children negatively, but they should understand it is not the end of everything. If they remain positive in difficult situations, they will be able to come out of it quickly. Positivity can also make children resilient. You should not force your children to dismiss negative thinking or emotions but help them deal with these emotions and move on. As a parent, regularly demonstrate positive attitude, even when things don’t go as planned and your child will learn from you.
Working With Others
All learners need skills to positively work with others by listening, collaborating, helping, and doing their fair share. Conducting team building activities with children can help them work on developing skills like problem solving, communication, cooperation, listening, self-esteem, idea exchange and leadership.
Learning to work as part of a team will help your child hone many social skills, such as patience, empathy, communication, respect for others, compromise and tolerance. It also helps them develop confidence in themselves and trust in other people.
Proper self-care means keeping yourself well-groomed and neat. This is an important skill because not only is it about being clean, but it helps everyone make a positive first impression.
Good personal hygiene will help your kids stay healthy, ward off illnesses, and build better self-awareness. It’s never too early to start teaching hygiene. You can wipe down your child’s hands after changing their diapers or before eating, brush their teeth and gums before bed, and get them into a daily bath routine.
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Education, career, life partners — there are so many important decisions we need to make in our lives. How about instilling the skill of making appropriate decisions at an early age itself in your child? Decision making is crucial because the decisions your children make dictate the path that their lives take.
Giving children choices helps them feel like they have some power and control over what they do. It’s a step in growing up. Making good choices is a skill that children will use for the rest of their lives. Once a child learns how to make good decisions, he will understand the consequences that each decision causes. So guide your child through the process, help them weigh the advantages and disadvantages before they make their decision!
Managing Money & Basic Budgeting
Budgeting both time and money is important for children. In fact, managing time is a lot like managing money. Talk about the value of living within their means, and the importance of saving up. While children may be tempted to spend money quickly, talking about how a budget works, how they can plan to spend their money in certain ways.
Teaching your child the value of saving money can help them become more farsighted when it comes to managing their cash as they grow up. This can also help your children learn to manage their time since they will understand the value of tracking how much they “spend” on certain activities.
As a parent, it can be stressful to talk with your kids about time and money management, but these are valuable skills it’s important to impart as early as possible. Budget training develops a habit in your child to not waste money and to respect its value.
Involve Them in Simple Cooking
Teaching a child how to cook helps them understand how much time and effort it takes for a parent to make a healthy, tasty meal for the family. Cooking expands their palates: When a child cooks a new food or dish on their own. they are more likely to eat it — or at least try it. They may not eat all of it. You can get them to help you with baking, with handing you ingredients while you cook or with keeping the kitchen table clean while you’re preparing a meal.
Making a meal boosts confidence: When kids can say, “I made it myself,” they feel a sense of accomplishment. Even more, when other family members say they liked what the child cooked, he or she feels a sense of pride and achievement. That can lead to the child becoming more self-confident in other areas of their life, too.
Make them do their own work
When our kids grow up, they are very likely to leave home to pursue their education or career. And if they aren’t taught responsibility and daily-living skills today, it would be a problem for them in the future. Most parents run around doing everything for their children so much so that the child doesn’t get involved in anything. This shouldn’t be the case.
By trying to tackle their homework on their own, your child will learn to face challenges head-on, as well as developing problem-solving skills. By taking responsibility for their own learning, your child will be able to get a much better idea of what they are best at – and what they need to work harder at. Be it putting their school bag together or taking the plate to the kitchen, ensure your child is ‘responsible’ for their work.
First-aid and Handling Emergencies
You can’t expect to always be around whenever your child gets hurt, a bite or a rash! So how about empowering them such that they are able to take care in case of an emergency until they reach a grown-up? This is essentially something the child’s schooling should cover but I strongly encourage its reinforcement at home by teaching your child essential first aid steps. And this you can do by showing them a first aid kit and its contents. Children are, after all, excellent learners!
Another important skill is teaching your child to take care of their health. Instead of forcing your child to eat vegetables, talk to them about health risks in eating junk food all the time and explain how the healthy food will benefit them in a way that they can apply to themselves.
We live in a complex world in which adults are required to analyze information and make decisions about myriad things every day. One of the best ways to build critical thinking is through rich, open-ended play. Make sure your child has time each day to play alone or with friends. This play might include taking on roles (pretending to be fire fighters or super heroes), building structures, playing board games, or playing outside physical games, such as tag or hide-and-go-seek. Through play, children formulate hypotheses, take risks, try out their ideas, make mistakes, and find solutions—all essential elements in building critical thinking.
There are a few other things children need to learn from an early age – and you parents should be ready to teach them. Teach these skills now, before it’s too late! So if you want to keep your children engaged during this lock down: teach them some life skills!