Whether you homeschool or your children attend traditional classroom classes, you’re going back to school and it’s an exciting time. While most people are focused on buying school supplies and what their kids will wear, there are other things to be focused on.
Life skills is one area that can help kids be more self-sufficient. And on busy mornings, self-sufficiency is a beautiful thing. Our kids are capable of doing more than we think! Here are some tips for helping your kids build those life skills, especially at the start of a school year.
Teach Your Children To Set An Alarm
Setting an alarm is something your kids should learn because it’s a skill that will follow them throughout their life. You can buy basic alarm clocks at your local store. You want to be cautious of setting an alarm on an electronic device as the device could be distracting at night. I’m sure we can all relate to seeing our alarm radio only to sleep right through it, singing along to the lyrics in our dreams. Let your kids set their alarm and get used to waking themselves up in the mornings.
Choose Clothes For the Next Day
On a school night, your kids should be able to get everything ready for the next school day. Laying out their clothes helps to prevent less stress the next day. Whether you homeschool or attend traditional school, mornings are chaotic. Getting things ready the night before is so helpful!
Getting Ready For Bed – Starting The Nighttime Routine
What if your kids knew what they needed to do to get ready for bed? It’s more than possible! A life skill that helps all children is knowing how to get ready for bed. Of course, getting ready for bed looks different for every child. If you’re looking for a sample routine, here is one:
- Read for 30 minutes
- Do basic hygiene
- Brush teeth
- Get on Pajamas
- Say goodnight
Starting Homework/Assignments Without Being Asked
Another life skill you can easily teach your kids, especially during the start of a school year, is being able to start homework or other assignments without being asked. It’s nice when kids know what is expected of them and they just do it. Make sure you praise your child if you do see them doing something like this! Taking initiative is a life skill you’ll never regret teaching your kids.
Employers often notice the self-starters who are willing to learn and take the initiative to further their skills usually points to a great candidate for promotion and growth! Where does this discipline begin? Learning independence and good study habits during these school years.
Helping Around The House
Allowing your children to help you do chores is a gift to them. This means you’re raising children who will be able to fend for themselves. Being able to cook, clean, and do laundry is not something every child knows how to do. If your kids are old enough, make this a life skill that you can teach them!
While it’s vital that kids learn with their education, it’s also equally important that they learn about other life skills. Kids are capable of learning new things! In fact, your kids might surprise you as to what they have learned as the school year progresses.
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Andrew and Sara Elizabeth are the creators of Skill Trek, a comprehensive life-skills curriculum that prepares children and teens for the playground, the workplace and everything in between. Parenting both typically developing and special needs children, they created Skill Trek to be customizable and flexible meeting each child where he or she is developmentally. To learn more and keep up with the latest, follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagra
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