by Sarah Tipton
Teaching children basic life skills early will instill responsibility and give them the skills they need to transition into adulthood more fluidly. Having children who are self-sufficient is about more than just teaching them life skills. It’s also about nurturing confidence and independence in a world moving away from these two ideas.
“Children need the freedom to explore, to experiment, to invent and to be resourceful in order to better understand who they are and the world around them. This knowledge—including knowing they can fail, recovering, learning from them, and doing better later—builds self-confidence, and from that confidence Self, independence. – Source, Self-sufficient children
Children need to be more discerning and a better critical thinker of the world we live in. they They need confidence that they can think for themselves, handle challenges, and find the right way forward on their own – without us. But how do we do that? With a simple start.
5 easy ways to develop self-reliant children
1 – cooking – Start easily by teaching them to make eggs, sandwiches and burgers and move on to sauces for spaghetti or simple soup. My daughter is already responsible for making eggs for herself and her brother in the morning and she is only ten years old. You choose the seasoning and whether to fry or scramble it. This gives her options in how to make her food and is a quick start to learning more challenging meals.
2- Money management Teaching children how to manage money and, ultimately, how to save their money will help them realize the importance of the dollar. Consider opening a savings account and letting them work toward a goal. For example, they may want to buy a car when they are old enough to drive. I give my children additional tasks beyond what is already expected of them; And if they do it well, they earn money that we put into their savings accounts. Another thing is that we let them earn cash and then we take them to a store to pick something they want with that money and they can’t spend more than they earned. read the book: Don’t Save for Retirement: A Millennium’s Guide to Financial Freedom.
3 – Do it yourself Do-it-yourself projects can be a great way to introduce basic self-reliance skills. Teaching children skills such as learning to sew, make candlesMake a lip balm or soap It will teach them that they can be resourceful by using household items to make products. These are also fun ways to spend rainy or snowy days stuck at home.
4 – self defense – While we always hope our kids will fly under the local bully’s radar, sometimes a kid has to stand his ground. Teach them the basics of blocking and Self defense movesIn addition to the importance of trying to alleviate the situation, it will undoubtedly help them in the future. They must be able to emotionally deal with another person’s anger or cruelty. They also need to learn how to relate to others and deal with difficult emotions rationally.
5- Cleaning skills Giving a child chores can be a headache for a parent who is trying to encourage children, but he knows that cleaning the house is the responsibility of the family, not one individual. In addition, teaching basic housekeeping skills helps a child understand what is expected of them when they move out and take care of themselves in the future. Learning to do laundry, clean their rooms and clean the dishes is not easy. My son, who is 8 years old, is responsible for taking indoor compost to the outdoor compost pile and collecting duck eggs. It is also responsible for placing the ducks in their duck house at night to protect them from predators and weather factors. Learning to respect and care for animals that give us something is a great way to help them learn not only self-reliance, but also the intricacies of nature and how it works.
Most children enjoy sharing; And when they know they have a specific responsibility, they can relate to doing it. We need to give them the freedom to do things and make mistakes and understand how to come to conclusions and make decisions. Believe them and trust that they will learn and grow. Nobody is perfect – heck, because we make mistakes as adults. But allowing them to work through these mistakes is what helps them become more self-sufficient.
What are some of the ways your children have learned about self-reliance?
This article was originally published on Ready feeding™ on September 7, 2021