Teaching students' life skills

Some life skills go hand in hand with the overall development of a child and it might just help them succeed later in life. Find out what important life skills your child should know and ways to incorporate them in daily life. While academics are important, teaching children useful life skills could potentially help them get around in the future. As a parent or teacher, we should start thinking on ways to combine social, emotional and academic development at home and in school.

Basic financial management

Teaching students how to be financially responsible can help them take advantage of their finances in the future. With some basic guidance, parents and teachers can be involved by teaching them how to integrate money into their daily lives. Start by teaching them how important it is to develop a budget.  Discuss the details on what expenses are and how to save them. 

We understand that sometimes the “money talk” can be a sensitive issue to bring up for some families, but as a parent, the least you can do is to set a good example around the topic. For instance, don’t argue with your spouse about money in front of the kids as they’ll notice and come to understand about the situation. Discuss about it privately when the kids are away at school or when they’re asleep. 

Emotional Intelligence

Helping young children improve their emotional awareness can really help them become more adaptable adults in the future. Emotional intelligence is the ability to perceive, understand and manage your own emotions. It’s important for parents and teachers to demonstrate the understanding of respect, empathy and honesty. Start by paying attention to your child’s emotions and teach them to create supportive relationships around them. This could be between family, friends or even strangers. 

It’s pivotal to pay close attention to their emotions to cultivate a positive mental health and well-being. Studies have shown that some kids start bullying when they’re overwhelmed with different feelings like jealousy, anger, loneliness and other feelings on the spectrum. When your child slowly begins to start being emotionally aware, they’ll understand the concept of being mindful and emotionally competent towards other people and their surroundings.

Problem solving skills

It’s okay to be protective of your child but it’s best not to go too far. Being over-protective in some situations may cause some side effects to your children as they grow older. As children start becoming teenagers, they’ll crave more freedom and if a parent is too over-protective, it could lead their teens to take on more dangerous risks. 

It’s important to let them know that it’s okay to make mistakes. Children should make mistakes because it allows them to take responsibility of their failures and learn to develop wisdom as they figure out solutions to their problems. Parents of younger children can show their support by helping them brainstorm possible solutions to smaller problems. Another good way of encouraging them to think outside the box is to use positive reinforcement. Studies have shown that positive reinforcement is an effective tool to help young children learn good manners, waiting patiently and even complying with a request. 

 

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