Have you ever thought to yourself, “I wonder what my kids learned in school today?” Depending on the quality of schooling your child gets, you might think that they’re not learning anything useful for life. This sentiment could be echoed by yourself if you personally didn’t learn much in school and you were forced to learn how to take care of yourself or studied how your parents did things.
There are plenty of practical skills that are still not taught in schools. The following skills are crucial to the development of your child and should be taught as early as possible.
Washing Their Clothes
Not only will teaching your kids how to wash their clothes help around the house, but it also instills responsibility in them. They’ll learn that their clothes don’t magically get clean and that they need to put in some effort to get them that way. This article from overthebigmoon.com/how-to-teach-young-kids-laundry/ is a great place to start if you want some help teaching your kids how to do the laundry effectively.
Of course, it’s always going to be dangerous until you teach your kids how to use detergent, how to safely use the machine and also how dry their clothes. You also don’t want to teach your kids how to use something like an iron until they’re older and more responsible, but getting them to help out with the laundry early on in their development will make them more useful around the house when it comes to chores and it helps them understand that they have responsibilities to take care of when they grow older.
How to Drive
There are online tests such as americansafetycouncil.com/content/florida-learners-permit-test that will help your child get their learner’s permit early, but it’s still important to use your own experience to teach your child how to drive. You don’t need to overly complicate it or teach them every single intricate thing. As long as you give them some advice on how to handle the vehicle, they’ll learn at a much faster pace.
Their learner’s permit gives them a chance to learn how to use a vehicle earlier on and they’ll learn to appreciate the use of a car. As time goes on, more and more parents are refusing to teach their kids how to drive or even give them some advice, opting to give them bicycles or encourage them to use public transport instead to save the environment and cut costs. While it’s understandable, since the cost of owning a vehicle is much higher now than it used to be, driving is still an incredibly useful skill to have and doing it safely is easier with more experience.
Learning to Cook
Cooking is still one of the most important skills to have today. Yes, fast food is getting cheaper and there are many ways to get by without having to actually touch an oven or a stove, but being able to cook is about much more than just sustaining yourself. Cooking is like a family skill that brings people together. Teaching your kids to cook is as much a bonding activity as it is a practical skill to pass down to them. Perhaps you give them those secret family recipes they love or teach them how to entertain guests; either way, they’re learning a good skill. This article at parents.com/recipes/tips/cookingwithkids/teach-your-kids-to-cook/ should be a good starting point on how you can get them involved in the kitchen at an early age.
Fast food is a cheap and fast choice but it’s also unhealthy. Your kids should learn to cook their own meals to promote a healthier lifestyle, but it should also be seen as a social skill to possess.
Some Final Words
There are many other skills to teach your kids, such as doing taxes and DIY projects to help around the house, but the three listed above are perhaps the most practical and useful. These skills will help your kids when they move out into their dorms for college, or even when you want to take a holiday and leave your kids on their own for a few days. It will help them gain independence and mature faster.