Practical Life skills
Cleaning and Household Chores
Getting children to do chores doesn’t have to be a struggle or a punishment. Having children help out around the house, not only makes parents lives easier, but can also be a fun and rewarding activity for them. To start asking your children to do chores without a fight, make sure you choose tasks that are appropriate for their age, and encourage them when they do a good job. Some parents may want to give their children an allowance for completing chores, but money doesn’t have to be the only reward.
Learning to cook
Learning to cook for themselves will set children up for success in adulthood. Even if it’s something basic, being able to independently prepare a meal is a huge life skill. By ages 6 to 7 children can start to help with cooking meals, and can learn to mix, stir and cut with a dull knife, make a basic meal, like a sandwich, and help put the groceries away. There are many kid-friendly recipes available to help young children learn basic cooking skills.
As your children become more confident in the kitchen, assist them in learning how to follow a recipe and prepare a simple meal for a family dinner.
Problem-Solving and Learning to Adapt
Problem-solving and adaptation are skills that even adults can struggle with. Resilient children will make resilient adults, and in an ever-changing world that can be essential. Practice problem solving and handling challenges appropriately with everyday situations. Children may get frustrated at first, so teach them how to handle their emotions, and walk through a challenge step-by-step.
Have patience and stay positive so that you help kids learn to persevere through difficult times. One of the best ways to work on developing resilience and adaptation is by modelling appropriate behaviour. When things don’t go the way you want them to, remember that your little ones are watching your every move. It can be hard to practice what we preach, but this is the perfect time to do it.
How to Appropriately Interact with People
We live in a day and age where being open-minded, accepting, and polite can go a long way. Teach your children how to respectfully address people, use good manners especially (please and thank you), have patience with others, offer help and assistance when they see someone struggling, and hold themselves accountable. The saying of “treat others how you would want to be treated” is the perfect motto when it comes to appropriately interacting with other kids and all people.
To treat a minor cut
To help your child not to panic when they see blood, do your best to avoid having a big reaction yourself. Giving them a first aid game plan will also help distract them from the pain and come in handy when you’re not around to kiss their cuts and grazes.
Clean the wound and apply a dressing
1. Clean the wound under drinking-quality running tap water – avoid using antiseptic as it may damage the skin and slow healing.
2. pat the area dry with a clean towel
3. Apply a sterile adhesive dressing, such as a plaster
I hope you find these tips useful for you and your family.
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