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01/11/2018
You won't always be around to do everything for your children. There are some practical life skills they should master before leaving for college. 

Practical Life Skills Start at Home

You take your children to school so they can learn about math, science, reading, and other subjects that will help them during adulthood. Children gain most of their academic knowledge at school. This knowledge will help them further their studies and, at some point, become a professional ready to join the workforce. However, the school system won’t teach your children some of the most fundamental practical skills they need to survive adulthood. It’s up to the parents to teach their youngsters how to cook a basic meal, do simple repairs, and manage their finances. Here are some of the skills you should be teaching your children at home.

Cook a Simple Meal

You probably cook every meal for your children, and that’s great, but you should make sure they will be able to feed themselves if you’re ever not around. Perhaps you need to run an errand and you won’t be able to feed the children. They should be able to make something for themselves on these occasions. So, invite your children into the kitchen and teach them some basic dishes. There’s plenty of learning to be found in the kitchen. Younger children can learn to fix themselves a bowl of yogurt and fruit. Older children can try something more challenging. Everyone should know how to make at least one dish.

Manage Their Finances

Children don’t often understand the concept of money. Remember that many of them do believe that it grows on trees or that you get it for free at the bank. You should start by teaching them where money comes from. When they’re old enough, give them an allowance and talk to them about saving and spending wisely. If they cultivate healthy spending habits when they’re young, they will have an easier time managing their finances as adults. Check out these tips to help you teach your children about managing money. Does your child need help improving their money counting and math skills? Call The Tutoring Center, San Ramon CA to learn about their math programs and how these can help your child excel at school and in life. Contact them at (925) 362-3320.

Do Laundry

Doing laundry can be challenging. If a single red garment gets tangled with white clothes, you can end up with a bunch of pink clothes. Your children are not going to be coming back every weekend from college so you can do their laundry, which is why you should teach them how to do it while young. Be patient when you show them the ropes. They’re bound to make mistakes along the way, but they will manage eventually. A couple of pink shirts won’t hurt anybody.

Time Management

We all follow some schedule or routine, and we need to manage our time to be able to get everything done. It’s not any different for children. They have to get ready in the morning to get to school on time, finish their work in class promptly, get home, rest for a bit, attend their after-school activities, or do their homework. You’re probably guiding them along their day, but eventually they will need to manage their time on their own. By the time your children reach high school, they should be able to wake up on their own, get ready, and be on time for class.

Advocate for Themselves

You can’t fight all of your children’s battles, no matter how much you want to. At some point, your children will need to learn to advocate for themselves. Teach them how to have a conversation with an authority figure. If they have a problem with a class or a teacher, they should be able to talk to the teacher and explain their issues respectfully. They should also learn to listen to what the other person has to say. Sometimes the conversation might not go their way, but they will learn to cope with it. Life doesn’t always go the way we want it, and we won’t always have someone to fight for us.

Accept Change

Change is part of life. It’s impossible for things to remain the same and if your children can’t understand that, they’re in for a tough time. Change is not always a bad thing though. It can bring new opportunities. Besides learning to accept changes, they should develop the ability to adapt to new situations. Plans can change, things can go differently, and it’s better to adjust and go with it instead of clinging to the past.

Be Grateful

We live in a very materialistic world. Your children probably want something new and different every day. Unfortunately, for many of us it’s impossible to keep up with the latest trends constantly. Your children should understand that although they may not have the new “it” item, they still have plenty to be grateful for. Talk to them about gratitude while young, so they can learn to appreciate how fortunate they really are.

Decide to Be Happy

You don’t need all the money in the world to be happy. Your happiness shouldn’t depend on someone else. As corny as it may sound, happiness comes from within. You should teach your children that they have the power to choose to be happy. They shouldn’t let their circumstances dictate the way they feel. At times they will feel down and sad, but they should always try to look for the silver lining.

Tutoring in San Ramon to Hone Their Academic Skills

While they work on their life skills at home, tutoring can help them master their academic skills. Call The Tutoring Center, San Ramon CA to learn about the many benefits of tutoring. Contact them at (925) 362-3320.

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