20 November 2018
Valuable Life Skills You Can Teach Your Children To Increase Success
At BCS, we are often approached by people or companies about a myriad of topics. We were recently contacted by a journalist who asked if they could write an article specifically for BCS based on valuable life skills for children and the role we can take as parents/adults. An opportunity we obviously didn't want to turn down.
We would like to thank Ali Hartley for her input on the below, we hope you enjoy it.
When asked about the preparedness of children for their future, 91% of teachers in the UK reported that they feel more should be done to help children develop life skills. When asked why they think life skills are so important, 62% of the students polled said that having them will help them to get a job. Known to increase confidence and communication as well as a great way to help children retain the academic information they are learning, life skills are a great way to help your child prepare for their future, and there are a few ways you can help them in the process.
Engage in activities that promote social skills
To begin cultivating these types of skills at home, you can engage your children in activities that discuss and explore emotions, as this will help them build a strong foundation for understanding and expressing themselves as they begin to interact with others. Structured group play is also a great technique as it not only allows them to be introduced to activities they might not be able to do alone, such as swimming and group sports, it allows them to learn how to take turns, share and communicate. Learning these kinds of life skills work two-fold, as skills such as confidence, motivation, resilience and communication are associated with better academic outcomes as well as better prospects in life. As society begins to put more emphasis on their value, more children and parents are realizing the increasing benefits of learning how to develop these skills in a social aspect.
Teach children how to care for themselves
While it is important that children learn various aspects of different core academic subjects, teaching kids life skills is a gift that will allow them to care for themselves in the future. By teaching them practical life skills you are ensuring that they can care for themselves emotionally, physically or even financially in the future, which is important during school but as they grow into adults as well.
To begin teaching them these skills you’ll need to understand what their interests are. If your child is very hands on and loves to fix things, for example, you can help them learn how to DIY projects for themselves. Or, you can see where they need help and try to incorporate activities into your daily routine that can improve their skills in these areas. If your child has trouble in science, you might develop a hands-on, real-life learning project at home that allows them to use cooking as a way to create a unique “experiment” of sorts. These types of learning opportunities present themselves in everyday life and can be incorporated in combination with their academic work in order to reinforce the material as well as make it relevant to them.
Giving your children the gift of independence
Educating a child is about more than simply teaching them academic concepts and helping them with their homework. Incorporating living, social and work skills into everyday activities is a great way for your children to incorporate into society outside of a school setting, but it is also a great way to prepare them for an independent future. You will see them mature and grow through these types of lessons which will help them feel more comfortable communicating in a respectful manner both in and out of school.
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