Today is Sunday, the day I post about our family and our lives.
My children are growing up. We cannot deny it, we have to support them and help them be the best people that they can be. I have read several memes on Facebook lately and several posts from parents and community members asking schools to add classes in credit, sewing, cooking, taxes, or just life skills. I understand that all high school graduates should have these skills but is it the schools responsibility to teach them?
Students schedules are bursting with courses as it is. Adding a semester or half semester to their schedule could mean choosing between a college preparation class or advanced work to take Life Skills. To us, these are skills our children need to learn at home. Even if I don’t know how to do something – I don’t unclog toilets but I will suck it up and do it with my kids so they know how to do it when the time arises during the middle of the night. There are even books if you need guidance:
We have a list of practical skills that we want our children to be able to do before they leave college. Some of them are simple, some will take more time but these are things we are teaching our children. But here is our Top 10 list:
- Cooking a few basic meals beyond opening boxes or cans of process food. Both kids should be able to plan and cook a few meals that are nutritionally balanced.
- Simple sewing. The goal is that they can sew on a button or repair a small hole in the seam of a garment.
- Understand interest rates, credit and loans and how they work.
- Be able to understand how to file their tax returns, with guidance of course, and why they need to do this.
- How to change a flat tire.
- Basic simple home repairs such as filling a hole and painting over it or how to unclog the vacuum.
- How to unclog a toilet.
- How to correctly do laundry. Sorting, stain sticking and not flooding the basement in the process.
- Budgeting for your income. Saving and spending within your means.
- How to read a map. In these days of GPS it is a skill that is still very much-needed. How to orient yourself on the map and finding your way through campus or town are still needed.
So, those are our Top 10 Skills for our children. Yes, we still want to instill in them the desire to be a good person, a caring person, a good friend, a civic-minded person who votes and someone who cares about their fellow-man and creatures of the earth but these are the skills we think they need.
What is on your Top 10 need to know skills for your children? Have you written them down to keep in mind as your children are growing?