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As a parent, I am often overwhelmed by the sheer volume of things I need to know to raise my child and, as a result, I sometimes get bogged down in the research and end up feeling defeated. Admittedly, I’m rather analytical by nature, so there is always a risk of ‘analysis paralysis’, but I take my role as a parent very seriously, so I keep giving it my best shot.
Over the years though, I have come to certain realizations. One is that I can’t possibly teach my daughter everything…after all, I am only one person. Another is that, for the most part, schools seem to do a pretty decent job of teaching her “the 3 R’s” and other fundamental academic building blocks, so this is something that I could pretty much remove from my plate and leave to the “experts”.
What I believe is the missing piece of the puzzle though, is a healthy dose of “life skills”. After all, I think that most of us would agree that there is a big difference between “school smarts” and “life smarts”. I imagine that most of us would also agree that our children need both of these smarts to truly succeed in life!
So, what are “life skills”? Well, for purposes of this blog, I am going to apply a very broad definition and describe them as any skills that prepare our children to be independent and self-sufficient members of the REAL WORLD. This can be anything from managing their money to doing their laundry…and everything in between. Just take a look at a day in your own life to see just how many ‘skills’ you are using on a regular basis.
I’m betting that you, like the majority of us, were ill-prepared to say the least, for what was waiting for you when you got out of school and were expected to go out on our own. I think that this is even more the case today. How many stories have you heard about kids living with their parents until their thirties or spending a short time on their own, only to come back ‘home’ when their money runs out (typically, right when Mom and Dad have just settled down to enjoy retirement).
The more we teach our children the practical skills they need to survive, the more we set them up for success in the real world! I think that we, as parents, owe this to our children, to ourselves and to our society. Don’t you?!