Today’s episode is for all those parents who have to step out of the house for running errands but are troubled by constant calls from kids or their spouse. Yup as simple as that.
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I am going to help you run your errands, as smoothly as possible. Confused? What I am referring to is “Are your kids independent enough?”
Let’s take an example. You have to go out of town for some important personal matter that needs your attention. Now you transfer the mantle of responsibility to your spouse and leave for your work. What happens next determines how independent your kids are or rather how well you have trained them for life
So let’s talk about outcome no. 1. Your spouse says that taking care of the kids was a cakewalk. Kids went through the day with little or no assistance at all. Proof of this is you receive very less or no calls at all from your spouse
Outcome no. 2 can be such that your husband/caretaker had a hard time handling the kids. From the morning routine of brushing n breakfast to getting them to bed. All things needed assistance or help.
Mind you we are talking about age-appropriate chores. So if a 3-year-old needs help with brushing his teeth then you need to make some simple changes in the way you handle your kids and all will be fine again.
So back to our outcomes. If your answer to this hypothetical situation has been number one then first off congratulations your child is independent enough and can take care of himself on his own.
But if your answer was similar to the second outcome then keep listening as I will be helping you raise independent kids that need minimal assistance to get through the day.
So to get started with this we need to know about life skills
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines life skills as “abilities for adaptive and positive behaviour that enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life”.
In simpler terms, Life skills are a set of skills that are developed through learning or direct life experience. They have been categorized into three broad categories:
- Thinking skills,
- Social skills and
- Emotional Skills
1) Thinking Skills:
These include Self-awareness, critical thinking, problem-solving, decision making, and creative thinking.
2) Social Skills:
These help your child with effective communication, empathy, and interpersonal relationships.
3) Emotional Skills:
That help the child in dealing with emotions and coping with stress.
As a parent, you may do your best to protect your child from these factors, but that truth is – you can’t always be there for them. They have to learn to face challenges and stresses on their own.
Unfortunately, not everyone finds a healthy and positive way to deal with these factors, especially the youth. Many people, including adolescents and youth resort to deviant or unhealthy ways of coping with stress such as substance abuse, aggression, juvenile delinquency, dropping out of school, depression and suicidal tendencies. This is a harsh reality and a major problem for the current generation.
Don’t wait till it’s too late to equip your child with these skills. You can start teaching your child basic skills like problem-solving, decision making, communicating, expressing their feelings, being responsible, etc. Life skills can change the way children feel about themselves and life. So why not start now?
Our education system concentrates excessively on curricular activities and theory. No attention is given to the development of important life skills. That’s what a child will need when he grows up and not how photosynthesis occurs. Now I am not against any curricula in particular but things like problem-solving, critical thinking are important too.
As a parent and a physician, this has always been on my mind. How to teach my child these quintessential life skills? Where can I find the resources for it? Only the right resources could help me achieve what I wished to teach my child.
Something as simple as building blocks helps develop so many skills like decision making, problem-solving, critical thinking. But we cant rely on toys to teach our kids about it. Age-appropriate life skills can lay the foundation for a successful life
I was on the lookout for such a resource and I hit the jackpot when I connected with Zipper app. There are tens of thousands of apps available on homeschooling. These include the appropriate curriculum like maths, English, E.V.S., science, etc.
Jyppzer is an app that has 300+ parent-child activities and games for ages 0 to 12 years. The ultimate tools for a parent to help your child develop important life skills. These are created by child development experts and can be done using everyday things available in your home.
And after reading about it my first reaction was ” they have an app for this? I was able to track my child’s progress in a particular activity by making him do it Daily and boy the results have been so satisfying. From something like problem-solving skills to critical thinking all can be taught through simple activities and 5 mins of your time daily.
Now imagine you have a resource at your hands, which is developed by experts, needs minimal setup, and it keeps your kids away from screens. Wouldn’t you choose that? It helps you keep your kids engaged in a productive way as well as develop a bond between your child.
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I hope you can equip your child with the correct resources to help him steer through and eventually excel in life.
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