Teenage is the time when young people learn to
master their skills which will make them fully independent in life. As parents,
we need to make our children strong and independent, while keeping them safe
and supported. We should look for ways by how we can make children more confident,
independent and responsible. Teaching them Life skills is very important for achieving
this. Having essential life skills will help the child to feel confident, it
will also help in developing his self-confidence, and will also help in
developing interaction and reasoning skills.
schools mostly focus on preparing children academically and so they compromise
on the life skills, only being very good in studies is not going to help a
child solve all the problems of life instead knowledge of life skills will do. Thus
it’s essential for us for parents to prepare their teens for the real world.
Here are some of the skills that we think parents should try to cultivate in
Knowledge of essential life skills is important. Teens
should know how to care for a house, yard and their own things. We could teach
this to younger kids by breaking a big work down into simple works and then
slowly increase his work till the child becomes capable of doing it on his own
We should even try to develop problem-solving, time management, socialization,
independent learning etc. skills in our children. We should even teach them how
to clean and keep a home tidy. This will also help the child to learn the
personal cleanliness skill. Teaching your child proper hygiene skills will
boost their social confidence. Learning to cook can even help them when they
are away from home for studies.
Money management is one of the most important skill ,
Parents should be teaching their children. We can make them responsible with
money by giving them certain amount of money every month and then they manage
their expenses. We can teach them banking skills by setting up bank accounts
for them, with both a savings and checking account. So by the time they go to
college, they will know the process of banking and would even know how to
manage their expenses..
Driving carefully and taking care of the car are
also important skills to be learnt. Parents should teach their Teens the
dangers of texting (or drinking) while driving, how to pump gas and how to add
air or change a tire. They should also know whom to call when there is a
roadside emergency. Parents should present before the child by driving
Parents even need to teach their children about
personal medical care. They should have knowledge of personal health and
essential medicines that could be taken in emergency. They should know when to
call the doctor. We should make our teen learn basic first aid skills like how
to clean a wound, use bandage, and other first aid in case of any emergencies,
so that they are able to manage alone also if required.
These are only a few of the life skills that parents
need to make them learn before they begin their journey as an adult. The key to
a happy life is not only achieved by academic excellence but even the basic
life skills are required. Thus if we are able to teach these life skills to our
children, then only we do justice to our role as a parent.