Teaching Fundamental Life Skills to Children During Coronavirus (COVID-19) Quarantine: 20 Life Skills Every Kid Should Know by Tiffany Zook

Parenting Teens
3 years ago

Teaching Fundamental Life Skills to Children During Coronavirus (COVID-19) Quarantine: 20 Life Skills Every Kid Should Know

Now that we are quarantining at home and homeschooling because of coronavirus (COVID-19), it's the perfect time to add in a few subjects that school may not teach. It’s time for my teenager to begin learning some fundamentals and help build character at the same time. Every skill mastered will help my child build self-esteem and prepare them to launch in the coming years. 

In our home, we have started a list of things we really want our teenager to know before leaving the nest (hopefully leaving the nest!):

  1. steam cleaning carpets
  2. pulling weeds 
  3. changing a bicycle tire 
  4. changing a car tire 
  5. painting doors and trim 
  6. car maintenance 
  7. cooking from scratch
  8. tending the chickens
  9. building a campfire 
  10. hanging laundry 
  11. baking bread
  12. washing dishes by hand 
  13. making soup 
  14. balancing a checkbook 
  15. wise spending 
  16. wise investing 
  17. mowing the lawn 
  18. fixing a clogged toilet/sink 
  19. cleaning microwave 
  20. making a good cup of coffee

Tribe, we are running out of ideas and we need your help. As the quarantine continues, what would you add to this list of much-needed life skills? Please share in the comments section below.

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Elisa Schmitz
OK, this is genius, Tiffany Zook ! It's like Home Ec and Shop class on steroids. I love it! I would definitely add paying taxes, which I helped all three of my kids with this year. Great life skill!
Thank you very much for your article. Really very useful information for parents.

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