6 Essential Life Skills You Should Teach Your Children

6 Essential Life Skills You Should Teach Your Children

Every parent wants their child to grow up prepared to face the world head on. With this list of essential life skills you can help give them a head start.

Ensure you teach them some key strengths that are guaranteed to make life a little bit easier.

1. Time management

From getting to appointments on time, to making sure a project is completed by the deadline – get them to work out what will help them best to achieve their goal. Setting an alert on their smartphone or computer, having a to-do list, even a good old-fashioned desk diary - whatever system helps them plan their own time. It could be the difference between being hired or fired.

2. Dealing with difficult people

Nightclub bouncers, manipulative friends and colleagues, bullying bosses… Difficult people are everywhere. Which is why learning to deal with them without resorting to arguments or violence is never a waste of time. Sensible advice like not reacting too fast, nor over-reacting, and calmly stopping to think, “What exactly is happening here?” will set up your kids for life.

3. Money matters

Simple things like saving for a rainy day, not spending more than you earn, keeping tabs on income and outgoings, and not running up debts they’ll be paying off when they’re grandparents. All advice that often falls on deaf ears when talking to young people, but keep at it. The best start is with a job – any job – as earning their own money often makes them see its value differently.

4. Domestic skills

It’s not enough to know how to load a dishwasher or make a basic pasta dish. Can they wire a plug? Set the alarm? Unblock the sink? Kids who grow up never having to lift a finger to help out at home are not only spoilt, they’re stuck when they move into their own place – not to mention a useless partner when they eventually find a Significant Other. A squirt of Febreze will freshen up the sofa, Ariel will remove stains – useful knowledge that will earn them brownie points from their flat mates.
A squirt of Febreze will freshen up the sofa, Ariel will remove stains, Lenor will help keep clothes soft and colours from fading – useful knowledge that will earn them brownie points from their flat mates.

5. Self-motivation

Getting up again after they’ve been knocked down by a bad exam result or heartbreak. Having the presence of mind to do some research and find gainful employment. Sticking to a healthy fitness regime. Starting their own business. People who can push through the pain and get to their productive place are people with the resilience to succeed – in work and life.

6. Decision-making

Have you always made the big decisions for them, like what to study and which jeans to buy? Time to stop. Helicopter Parenting only delays the moment your adult child starts to make their own choices – and mistakes. Getting it wrong a few times teaches them what it takes to get it right, whether that’s making a list of pros and cons, doing research, taking a straw poll or trusting their gut. Punch line: you can’t live their life for them.

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mary 01/09/2018

Well, I never read any books or advice columns on child rearing! However, all 3 boys are very self-sufficient and very able to look after themselves and their children. We always baked and cooked together from an early age and part and parcel of that was the washing up. In fact, one of them won a cake competition at the local horticultural show beating 16 women! they all learnt to sew, cook, clean, iron etc., because I encouraged them to take responsibility for themselves.


Rosalind 11/07/2018

I must be the exception, as I never read a book on how to look after my children. As soon as they were old enough they did chores around the house and earned a little pocket money at the same time. When they became teenagers, then I showed them how to use a washing machine, sort their clothes out, iron and be able to cook. Also they knew how to clean up etc, all essential for when leaving home. Now they have families of their own and are quite capable of doing things for themselves.

6 essencal life skills for kid


these are really good I shall certainly impart them on my great niece when shes old enough

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Contrarymary 09/11/2016

My children were expected to help prepare the main meal of the day and clean up afterwards. They were taught to do their own washing. From the age of 16 they were expected to get a job in the school holidays. The skills they learned made them able to look after themselves when they went to university.


Schakers 10/10/2016

Love life, dream big, love & respect yourself and others. When you put your mind, body and soul to anything you will achieve. No one can say otherwise.

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