KEEPERS CORNER: Teaching Valuable Skills to Our Children
Are you old enough to remember home economics courses?
Or what about shop classes in high school?
Long gone are the days of Home Economics being taught in the public school system where students were taught the life skills such as cooking and sewing.
I was fortunate enough to be able to take home ec, woodshop, metal shop, and life skills (money management, home management) while I was in school.
The skills I learned in these classes proved invaluable in life, especially in my role as a homemaker, wife, and mother.
But these classes are no longer being taught in a majority of most school systems and there is an entire generation that has missed out on being taught the skills needed to be successful adults, or in the very least how to be indepedent adults and responsible.
It’s absolutely important for children to learn more than just academic skills in order to prepare them for real life.
“Life skills are essential for your child to learn how to be independent and become self-sufficient,” said Lindsay Hutton, editor at FamilyEducation.com. “Appropriate life skills will also help your child feel empowered, help develop his self-esteem, and aid in socialization and reasoning skills.”
These essential skills, which used to be taught in home economics courses at school and by parents at home, have fallen off the radar.
“Classrooms have become so focused on preparing our children academically that life skills have been put on the back burner,” said Hutton. “Also, the helicopter-parenting trend has given rise to the fear that a lot of parents feel for their child’s safety. Many parents are overprotective of their kids using electrical appliances, knives and other items that could potentially harm them, which gets in the way of learning these skills.”
Even though I believe that a majority of teaching should come from the parents, a school can reinforce those life skills so necessary in society today.
When you have an entire generation of college kids that cannot fold their own laundry, balance their bank account, or even put gas in the vehicle; something is very wrong.
These are just a few of the life skills that are no longer being taught in schools, but are necessary to raise successful and indepedent children:
*Money management (banking, frugality, saving, investments)
*Yardwork/maintaining the home
*Creating a Menu/Writing a Grocery List
*Planning a Schedule/Time Management
*Fixing a flat tire/changing oil
*Job skills: Resume, interviewing, basic skills
SO…..what can you do as a parent to teach life skills?
1. TEACH THEM: The most important thing is to teach them the skills yourself. If you don’t know how to do something, either take a class, read a book, or watch YouTube for further enrichment.
2. BE PATIENT: Learn a new skill together or take a fun class together.
3. WORK TOGETHER: There is no better way to learn than through experience. Do the dishes together, allow them to watch you do your monthly budget or plan the monthly menu, and watch the oil getting changed in the vehicle. Daily living offers rich opportunities for basic skills needed for life long learning and living.
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