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Life Skills Education!

Life Skills Education are ways to educate your children

There are many ways to educate your children, aside from school work, while they are at home, such as teaching them some basic life skills, all of which will serve to make their school work more palatable.

Below are some examples.  Watch this space for specific projects for each in the coming days.

1.  Basic cooking.

Start with safety around the kitchen (even hot water from the faucet could be harmful).

Pick something simple and easy to make/bake that they like and slowly go through each step, explaining what you are doing along the way.  Let them help you prepare a meal, and explain measurements and why the order of the recipe is the way it is.  You can even sneak in some math and reading along the way (they can help calculate how many cups/ounces, etc.).

Then show them how to clean up, explaining how soap separates oil, dirt, etc. from surfaces—and tying that lesson to washing hands!

2.  Doing Laundry.

Explain how wonderful soap not only works in the kitchen and on hands for the virus, but can also make clothes clean.  Let them pick the dirty clothes to wash and then how them (if they are old enough) how to load a washing machine, use the soap and set the dials.  Once the wash is done, explain which clothes go in the dryer and for how long.  Show them these settings, too, and let them load and start the dryer.

Once the laundry is done, teach them how to fold the clean clothes and put them away!

3.  Basic Money Sense.

Depending on the ages of your children, you can go over all the various denominations of money.  It would be fun to explain where each coin or paper currency originated (which Federal Reserve Bank—denominated by a letter on the front of a bill) and then look on a map where that city is (there are 12 Federal Reserve Banks).  Play some games where you set up a store, discuss prices for items you have at home, and then buy them from your children and have them give you change (math and understanding money). 

You can also explain what a bank does (takes deposits, puts everyone’s money together into a larger pool of money, invests the money in various projects—mortgages for people’s houses, commercial buildings, other companies, etc., and then pays some of what it earns on these projects back to the people who deposited the money as interest.

4.  Basic Conversation.

Unless someone teaches a child how to have a basic conversation, they may never learn the social cues to which they should pay attention or how to “win friends and influencer enemies”!  Start with teaching them to shake hands, firmly, and looking the other person in the eyes.  Teach them to introduce themselves.  Have a conversation with small talk and gently suggest how them might ask questions about the other person, and humble ways to offer information about themselves.  This might not only help them gain friends, but explain how much there is to learn from others!

We’ll be providing more specifics on each of the above as well as more things you can do with your children at home to continue their life skills education!

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About the Author: Yvonne Wonder

As the founder and managing director of Destination Sitters, LLC, a national hotel and event babysitting service, and the mother of two children, I strongly believe that family comes first. I personally needed babysitting when I moved to San Diego 14 years ago. Like most parents, I assumed there were standards for temporary babysitting; in reality, there are no state standards or licensing requirements for temporary babysitting. The idea for Destination Sitters was born! I wanted to Give Parents Peace of Mind® when traveling with their children, so I created strict screening requirements for the sitters we refer. There is nothing like the peace of mind that comes from getting great professional help to care for your children, especially when traveling away from home. I and my partners, along with our office staff, have that one goal in mind with everything we do. Through the years of working with children, I have been inspired to write three books, and this blog for parents’ and children’s wellbeing. I believe the best way to teach a child is leading by example, with love, honesty, integrity, compassion, perseverance, and personal responsibility. Learning these values and teaching children that all women and men are equal will encourage them to dream big to be anything they want to be! An entrepreneur for over 35 years, I previously spent years running a construction and design company with two offices in California and built million-dollar estates and remodeled existing ones. For three and half years, I was one of the primary designers on HGTV’s Curb Appeal. I have also been published in books, magazines and newspapers, and have been a featured designer in multiple showcase houses.

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