Life Skills in the Early Childhood Years
We always have questions in life about a lot of things and why some things might be so important, especially in a child's early childhood years because that is when foundations are set. Life skills are important in a child's life and can teach them so many different things for their life ahead. I have not experienced parenthood yet but life skills not only benefit a child in the home environment but also the school environment. Let's take a look at some of the great things that come from life skills.
Something that we can all find hard at times, a simple thing as making a decision. Making some good decisions is a life skill that every child should begin to learn at a young age. Basic decisions such as, which colour top they would like to wear that day, vanilla or a chocolate milkshake, these all add to a child's ability to start making decisions. Children also start to learn the rewards from making good decisions and the consequences of making bad decisions from an early age.
Health and Hygiene
When it comes to health & hygiene, kids are never too young to start learning about it. Life gets so busy that children are told to brush their teeth, take a bath, etc. but they are not always told why they need to follow these instructions. If children are told why something needs to be done and what the outcome is, which is usually positive when it comes to health and hygiene and taking care of ourselves, they are most likely going to want to follow through and brush their stuff, or change their clothes, etc. Reward charts do wonders and for the little ones, a visual chart will do the trick as they are not able to read. e.g. a picture of brushing teeth so that they understand where they were rewarded.
We all know this one and wish that there was more time to get things done. Teaching young children about managing time and following a good routine/schedule will not only make a parents life a little bit easier but it is a good life skill to learn for the future too, such as getting to work on time or getting to a class on time.
The youngest of children can also learn how to prep a meal in the kitchen, as simple as a sandwich or spreading the butter and jam on his/her toast. As children get older and become more confident in the kitchen, they can learn more life skills, packing their school lunch, making healthy food choices and the list goes on.
The daily messes children make can be hair-pulling and easier to just clean it up ourselves rather than trying to argue about tidy uptime. It can be a missed opportunity to teach children to clean up after themselves and keeping the house clean which is a life skill that they will carry throughout their life for one day when they go to College or someday have a house of their own that they need to take care of. Age-appropriate reward charts can also work for a cleaning schedule.
We all know how much laundry households have when they have kids, especially little ones. Teaching them the life skill of helping with the laundry (age-appropriate) will not just teach them new skills but will also help you with work around the house.
I have included charts with Life Skills by Age. (This is just a guideline for parents)
Until next time,