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Life skills bloom at home

Life skills prepare children for the life ahead. These skills are spread across various aspects of daily life. If you start focusing on your child’s life skills, it won’t be a culture shock for him or her once he/she moves out of home for work or studies. Read on.

 Financial

Saving: Teach your children to save up some money every month. Buy a cute piggy bank for them and let them save up all the change in it while they buy candies and books. This way, they’ll gradually set themselves for a savings goal.

Budgeting: Many of us feel insecure when a month comes to an end. We lack the skill to make budgeting easy and hassle-free. Go ahead and teach your kids simple budgeting skills. Let your kids, for instance, afford their entire stationery for the month with say Rs. 400/-. Don’t be wary of letting your kids handle money. Also, teach them basic Maths.

Paying bills: Once they reach, say, 5th class, you can start giving them bills to pay and make sure that they pay bills on time. Let them learn how to write a cheque and how to make payment online. Tell them how one can make sure that  one is never late with bills again.

Investing: Teach them how dividends, principle, and interests work in real time. This is a good conversation to have with your teen.

Charity: Show them how to volunteer their time, money, and effort for a social cause.

Thinking

Independent thinking: Many schools ask their students to be mum and listen to their teachers. This is not a healthy practice. Teach your children to question.

Reading: Inculcate the age-old reading habit in your children.

Positive thinking: It is vital to stay in a space of positivity within oneself. Find solutions instead of fixing the blame.

Conversation: You can start by conversing with your child instead of just preaching him. Being able to converse is a good social skill.

Practical

Automobile: How to buy a useful car? How do we take care of it? This has to be taught to both boys and girls.

Household: It is a must for kids to learn how to change bulbs and do the basics of painting walls; cooking; plumbing; and electricity.

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