Make sure you tick off these skills on your to-teach list.
There are some basic life skills we all need to acquire, even in the digital era. Do your kids know how to do the following?
1. Make a phone call
Children are great at texting, but they are unable to make a simple phone call. Yes, they can chat to their BFF’s for hours, but that’s about it. Being able to make a phone call is an important skill to have. Start by having them call a relative, then move up to calling a store and asking them what time they close.
2. Make a sandwich
Kids can start making their own sandwiches pretty early on, but as parents we are often reluctant to give them this responsibility.
3. Make a bed
Many adults don’t make their beds either, but it’s good to know how to do this.
4. Loading and unpacking the dishwasher
Teach your child how to load and unpack the dishwasher properly. It’s a good skill to have – especially when kids grow up and visit their friends.
5. Tie their shoes
Thanks to Velcro shoes many kids get to primary school without knowing how to tie their shoe laces. This is an important skill to teach your child.
6. Ride a bike
Every child should be able to ride a bike. Make this a priority.
7. Pack a suitcase
Going on holiday soon? Teach your child how to pack his own things. Make a checklist if you need to help him remember what to pack.
Xanet is an award-winning journalist and Living and Loving’s digital editor. She has won numerous awards for her health and wellness articles and was a finalist for the Discovery Journalist of the Year in 2009 and again in 2011 for the Discovery Best Health Consumer Reporting and Feature Writing category. She is responsible for our online presence across social media channels and makes sure our moms have fresh and interesting articles to read every day. Learn more about Xanet Scheepers.