Life skills every kids needs – it is a topic that has been on my mind a lot lately. It never ceases to amaze me that kids graduate high school with out many (if not all) of these basic life skills. I know schools are under-funded and parents are over-worked but ya’ll our kids are the future; we need to prepare them for it.
So I sat down I started to think about the skills I lacked at graduation. Additionally I though about what I am seeing woefully overlooked in the young adults and kids I meet in the world today. Now I’m not saying this list is the end-all, be-all, of every skill they’ll ever need to know. But in my humble opinion this is a pretty good place to start.
1. How to use a cookbook and follow a recipe
This implies your kiddo knows how to measure, cut up foods, boil water…turn on the stove. All these kitchen skills are essential if you don’t want them eating fast food or out of a box their whole life.
2. How to make a budget
We must teach our kids how to make a budget of bills, living expenses, savings, tithe, etc that fits into the money they are making. This should start with their first allowance and grow as they move into their first job. This is a skill I had to learn myself – school and family glossed over that one completely.
3. Car Emergencies and Maintenance
We need to make sure our kids (girls and boys) know how to jump start a car and change a flat. Seriously, please teach your girls this too; don’t make her rely on a possible weirdo to do this for her. They also need to understand what is required for basic maintenance of a vehicle; like oil changes, tire rotation, tune-ups and the like.