While there is so much for youngsters to learn about in today’s high-tech environment, it is also too easy for them to miss out on effective life skills. A recent study by AVG Technologies claims that 58 percent of 3 to 5 year olds in the U.S. can navigate a smartphone, while only one out of six (15 percent) are capable of preparing their breakfast. It is obviously crucial for kids to keep up with the radical digital advancements; however one should not neglect the act of teaching them basic life skills, which will ceaselessly benefit them.
Most children start living independently only towards the latter stages of their youth while pursuing their higher education. At this stage of their life, they are more often than not left confused about managing themselves on a day-to-day basis. Lack of essential living skills can be detrimental to youngsters at this phase, which highlights the importance of teaching them simple skills that are often overlooked. Here, we can look at some prominent examples of such skills –
Basic First Aid
Teaching your child to not freak out over a few drops of blood and calmly address the problem at hand would benefit them in the long run. Explaining a step-by-step process for handling basic injuries like cuts and bruises along with standard medicines and their uses will encourage him to act independently and stress-free in the future.
Preparing a Simple, Balanced Meal
Honestly speaking, no one can genuinely expect any child to follow a healthy balanced diet every day of their lives. Kids should not be denied the occasional slice of pizza followed by ice-cream, but should simultaneously be made aware of how to prepare a basic meal consisting all essential nutrients. Food products like fruits, bread and dairy products can easily be combined without much effort, ensuring proper health and wellbeing.
Money Management; Budgeting
Children at a young age tend to not understand or value the importance of managing their finances without exhausting them. This challenge can be overcome by giving them periodic pocket money to spend and pamper themselves. Explain to them that if they wish to buy a slightly expensive product for themselves, they should plan accordingly a few weeks/days in advance. Teaching youngsters how to intelligently compare prices of everyday products (for example – identifying discounts and promo offers) would help them in the future when living independently.
Young kids love being treated like grown-ups, and there are always a few tedious and dull yet straightforward tasks to be carried often enough to involve them. Activities like changing light bulbs, sorting out the garbage and operating a vacuum cleaner/washing machine are easy to accomplish for most young kids and provides them with a sense of responsibility and ownership.
We’ve all explained to our children the risks of interacting with strangers, but often neglect teaching them how to differentiate between good and bad strangers. A child may grow up to be reserved and socially awkward during interactions. This scenario can be dealt with by encouraging them on how to present themselves in social situations which are potentially risk-free such as interacting with waiters at a restaurant or shopkeepers at a store or even with their teachers and other trustworthy adults.