Christmas vacation is quickly approaching and I’m getting excited to spend some quality time with my kids! One of my goals over the break is to intentionally work together in teaching them something new. After recently talking with some college students, I’ve become increasingly aware that many kids are not being taught some of the very basic skills needed to function out in the world by themselves in school or by their parents.
This really has me thinking about what my goals are for my kids when they leave home. There is a lot of time, but when you break that down into weekends and summers (filled with activities) the time that’s left isn’t nearly as much as I’d like it to be.
Here are 10 life skills I believe every child needs to know to succeed before going out into the world. I’m going to be focusing on some of these skills as part of my 2014 goals for my family (and will be working them into the blog as well).
- To love and have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ
- To love and serve others and the community
- To be able to manage emotions (self-control, anger, adapt to situation, etc)
- To be an independent thinker and a problem solver, but be also be able to compromise
- To be a good listener, deliver forgiveness, persistence, and to be resilient
- To understand the balance of work, family, and recreation
- To have healthy habits (hygiene, eating, goal setting)
- To be able to manage money (budgeting, balancing a checkbook)
- To be able to manage a home (cooking, cleaning, sewing, etc)
- To have basic car knowledge (change a tire, check the oil)
What would you add to the list? This is very basic but I feel it is the foundation to build upon.