Life Skills For Real Life

Life has been pretty busy for our family the last few months with my hubby on medical leave and plenty of doctor appointments to go to. Everyday chores and duties are off schedule and a few things have fallen behind. But my kids have been a huge help keeping most of it under control with their household skills. Last week my teenage daughter even took it upon herself to start our grocery shopping tasks. I usually do a few things to prepare.

  1. Take stock of cabinets and pantry
  2. Take stock of fridge and freezer
  3. Create list of meals from items on hand
  4. Make a list of staples needed
  5. Look over ads for meat, veggie and fruit specials
  6. Create meal plan for week
  7. Make grocery list with sale prices
  8. Estimate overall cost

Kate went through the cabinets, pantry, fridge and freezer, made a list of meals we could make with what we had and then made a list of the staples we needed to restock. This certainly made the rest of grocery prep and shopping so much easier. Her being able to do this not only helps me but also sets her up for the future.

We all want our kids to be successful, capable, loving adults one day. That is our main job as parents, to train them up in the way they should go. We need to prepare them for dealing with the real world. Now I’m not talking a crash course in life but the gradual, age appropriate teaching of skills that will be necessary for life. Some of these skills we teach our kids by example as I mentioned in THIS post. Some can be taught as actual lessons in our homeschool and many can be taught using both ways together.

There are many types of life skills that we can teach our kids. They usually fall into one of six categories:

  • People Skills
  • Home Skills
  • Organizational Skills
  • Time Management Skills
  • Money Management Skills
  • Self-care Skills

These categories cover the basics of life skills that I’m looking to help my kids master. One day I want my kids to have a job, own a car and possibly have a family of their own. I love how this post by Christine Field discusses this topic with love and humor. I know I’ve got years yet before my kids are ready to leave the nest but I know they will be ready when they do.

What type of life skills are you teaching your kids, whether by example or as actual lessons? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

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