Your kids will be grown up before you know it. That means they’ll need the life skills to survive on their own in no time. That is why it is essential for you to start teaching them those useful skills now. Luckily, teaching those skills doesn’t have to include you droning on in boring lecture mode. Instead, you can try offering your kids the skills they need in fun, exciting ways. It is always a good idea to get them out and actively engaged.
4 Fun Ways to Teach Your Kids About Being All Grown Up
Prepare Meals Together
Get in the kitchen and get silly together. Look for exciting new recipes to try together, including the ones that your kids want to prepare. By the time your child graduates from high school, they should ideally be able to prepare recipes from breakfast, lunch, and dinner on their own, with no supervision. Even little ones, however, can help out in the kitchen, developing those valuable cooking skills on their own.
When your children are little it is a good idea to start getting them fascinated with the idea of “going off to college”. Luckily, this is something that shouldn’t be very hard–especially if they have an older sibling or family friend who’s headed on that journey. From becoming a master of civil engineering to pursuing a medical degree, let your child play out their future college days while preparing them for actual experiences they may encounter. This can allow them to become aware at a young age of what degrees and opportunities await them while they are in college. This can also help them see why it is important and how it can be exciting.
Have Fun With Chores
When your children are young, it’s often easier to do chores by yourself than it is to ask them to help out. Teaching them how to do it right, however, will ensure that they have the ability to fold their own laundry, scrub out a toilet, and clean a mirror when they’re out on their own. You can even turn it into a game: who can pick up their toys the fastest? Who can make the clearest window? As a bonus, you’ll be getting a clean house and playing with your kids at the same time. This is a great way to teach them important life skills at a young age while still having a good time.
Take Your Kids Shopping
Wandering the aisles of the grocery store by yourself can sometimes be a mini vacation when you’re a parent. However, taking the kids with you can turn that simple shopping trip into quite an adventure. This is definitely a great time to teach them about comparing prices, healthy eating choices, and the price and health difference behind cooking for themselves and choosing prepackaged food. After experiences like this going to the grocery store alone for the first time will be much more comfortable for your child when they’ve been there countless times with you and know how you made responsible shopping decisions.
Overall, every day is a learning day when you’ve got children at home, and even the little things can turn into an incredible adventure. Find new ways to have fun while teaching your child valuable skills about how to be all grown up, and when they leave your nest, they’ll be able to fly with confidence.
Guest Post: Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max.
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