By the time a child is six or seven, the child has developed the foundation of their personality and this kind of life skill development enhances positive personality traits. The world has experienced a big change in the last few years due to Covid-19. While we are adapting to the new normal, little kids can’t adapt to change as soon as adults can.
While everything is changing and moving forward, kids these days require a lot more than just basic schooling. So Let’s focus on educating our children in a way that they have fun and be entertaining so we can be worry-free when it comes to their morals and skills.
Here are some essentials skills for kids which help them succeed in life.
1. Communication Skills
Communication skills are one of the most basic and important skills for children to succeed. This skill is very basic and yet so many education programs seem to ignore teaching this basic skill. Learning how to express oneself can be very useful in every part of one’s life. Listening and understanding what the other person is trying to say is just as important a part of communication skills as speaking and making people understand.
So the next time your kid does something mischievous which needs some explanation, let them put their point forward and try to make them understand why that thing is wrong and what can be done to avoid that in the future. Don’t forget to have a cool mind while doing this.
2. Doing Daily Chores
Learning to do daily chores like cleaning the house, doing dishes, laundry are some of the basic life skills required to maintain a healthy and hygienic personal life. Doing daily chores can make our daily routine much easier to handle and having a clean private space helps in having a clear mind. Doing chores around the house is an essential skill for kids so they grow up to be self-aware and being respectful towards others.
There will be points in life, may it be in school, college, in a job or in personal life where we have to work in teams or groups to get something done. And kids almost always form teams when they are playing. A steady flow of communication and coordination is required to work as a team. Teaching teamwork to kids lets them develop positive relationships with their peers and have a positive attitude towards them. They will also challenge themselves to do better than the kid sitting next which can be a huge driving force for them to learn something.
4. Critical Thinking
The Google definition of critical thinking is “the objective analysis and evaluation of an issue to form a judgment”. One of the most important skills for children is critical thinking, as it is used to solve problems that arise daily and find an effective and acceptable solution for everyone.
We can encourage them to think critically by giving examples of our own life experiences. We can also ask their opinion about events that made the news and we can also provide fun riddles and quizzes for them to explore this skill by themselves.
We need to receive their opinion with an open mind and try not to dismiss their opinion right away. This helps the kid to present their opinion without the fear of being judged or being accepted.
5. Time Management
Time management is a very underrated skill and by knowing how to manage time kids can think clearly, respect their and the other person’s time, and be effective on a given task. By learning to manage time from a young age, the kid will unconsciously begin to manage time effectively in a couple of years.
The meaning of being independent is not the same for kids and adults. While we tend to think being independent means having an own roof over our head, kids can learn to be independent by learning small things like wrapping their books and making Maggi can be counted as being independent as they are not asking for help when they know they are capable of doing those things by themselves.
Being independent doesn’t include refraining oneself from asking for help. It is also very important to let them know asking for help when you can’t do it yourself is absolutely accepted, encouraged even!
7. Give/Take No for an Answer
Not being able to say no to a request even if you have too much on your plate because you feel guilty for not helping the other person is a very toxic trait for oneself and it can be perceived as a “Doormat” or a “Yes Man” personality. It is always better to deny a request for a helping hand and be happy than saying yes to something and not being able to help.
Taking no for an answer also requires the same amount of mental strength as giving no as an answer. Understanding other person’s reasons not to help you play an important role in understanding them and not feel rejected.
A few more Essential Skills for kids are teaching them kindness, positivity, patience, persistence, believing in oneself, and working hard. These qualities and skills can turn a kid into a responsible individual. With the courses offered at Blix, your kid can learn these Essential Skills and have fun at the same time. To know more, visit the Blix Courses.