I wrote an article before about teaching life skills. Hope you got to check it out. If not, you can find it on The Homeschool Forum. Here is part two of the article.
Homeschooling has actually taught me a lot about time management. I have to constantly watch the clock to make sure we are doing what I planned for the day. Some days don’t go as planned and that’s okay. That’s a lesson as well. When my children have jobs one day, time management will be important. Making sure my children are aware of things that need to be done and when they need to be done is making them productive. If we waste all our time on electronics or laying in bed, our time has been wasted. But if we make time each day to take a quick nap or play a game on the tablet, that’s okay as long as we get other things done as well.
Money management is extremely crucial to every person. If you don’t manage your money properly, you will live your whole life struggling to stay afloat. Allowing children to make small financial decisions when they are young gives them the confidence for the future. We teach our children how to save, tithe (if you do so), spend responsibly, and pay for things that are necessities. We are getting ready to implement an allowance. We have never done this before but want them to know how to handle money sensibly. They will have families one day and our goal is to teach them to take care of their families and be successful.
This category should be a given but you would be surprised at how many adults don’t know how to properly take care of themselves. Having a healthy routine such as brushing teeth twice a day, changing clothes in the morning, showering once a day, and washing hands after bathroom breaks makes it habit forming. When something becomes a habit, it becomes their normal pattern. I like to make sure my children know how to care for their bodies properly. Healthy habits can also include emotional health, spiritual health, and mental health. These are not to be ignored as they can make or break a person when they become an adult. Be the example for your children in each of these healthy habits. When they see you reading your Bible daily, they will remember that and, most likely, repeat it themselves.
Teaching life skills can be whatever you think it should be. The skills I have listed here are just a few. Implementing life skills is easy to do every day. Just start with the basics and go from there.
Remember to check out Rainbow Resource Center for more books and resources about teaching life skills.