As parents, our main goal is to teach our children how to be independent and self-sufficient. When our kids are younger, we do a lot for them, but as they approach the age of middle school and high school, there are a lot of things that we should be teaching them to do for themselves. When they get older and move out on their own, the following skills will help them function and have more confidence in their own abilities.
Car maintenance is a useful skill to have, and it doesn’t need to be challenging. You can show your kids how to safely change a tire, check the tire pressure, and change the oil. Tell them how to check the other fluids as well. Of course, there are service centers that will perform these tasks for you, but it’s a good idea to know how to accomplish the basics for yourself. This will lead to a newfound sense of confidence. Unless both you and your child have an aptitude and an interest, more important jobs like brake service would probably best be left to the professionals.
Learning how to properly save and budget money is a lesson that will last a lifetime. If your child receives a paycheck and immediately goes out and spends all the money, this isn’t going to set them up for a promising financial future. Help your child understand that they should be putting their money into a bank account that will accrue interest. They can learn how to spend a portion on something fun while putting the rest away for other needs.
Not all adults like to cook, but everyone should know how to do it. A good place to start is by having your child help you to prepare meals for your family. That way you can let the child take the lead on preparing the food while still being able to supervise them for safety. As your child learns more about how to cook and becomes more comfortable in the kitchen, let them gradually take the lead until they can cook a meal on their own. That way, you can both make sure that your child won’t be limited to eating take-out and ramen when they live on their own.
Teaching kids useful skills isn’t something that has to be difficult. Rather, you can easily make it into a bonding activity. The ultimate goal is to help your child become more independent. By teaching your children skills like these, you can make sure that they can be successful on their own when they leave the house to live on their own.