Last updated on July 7th, 2022 at 12:36 am
The world has changed so much just since I was a kid. I spent hours every day outside–playing on my own or with friends, but definitely without parents anywhere to be seen. We were an independent generation compared to the kids of today.
At home, I remember learning to cook, bake, and clean the house from a pretty young age. It was just part of life. It’s not that I did a LOT of chores, but I knew how to do the basics, and it was something that I was expected to learn (and I think I WANTED to learn). I enjoyed making a batch of chocolate chip cookies on a weekend afternoon, for example.
I know it’s been said before, but it does feel like many young people today go into adulthood less prepared in some ways. They often don’t have the traditional skills that previous generations took for granted, and that includes social skills. So many kids spend their days in front of screens that they haven’t learned things like how to properly introduce themselves or carry on a conversation with an older person. The fault lies with us though. If there are things our children don’t know, it’s because we haven’t taught them.
If you want to make sure your children are capable, well-prepared adults, here’s a good way to help get them started. We’ve put together a list of basic skills all kids should have. There’s no time like the present to go through this checklist and see which of these important life skills you and your child need to work on.
Old-Fashioned Skills to Teach Your Kids
Click the page below to print the checklist. This will print full-size on letter-sized paper, or use your printer’s settings to fit it to your page.
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