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Life Skills Every Child Should Learn

By Melissa Mullane, Lower School Director

Every spring, I receive questions from parents on how they can prepare their children for the start of the new school year. Parents often overlook simple life skills but instead emphasize advanced math and reading. These life skills include telling time using an analog clock, counting change, planning a day out or even a longer vacation, and contributing to household chores. To help your child become ready for the real world, here are five things you can do together today.

  1. Teach your child the passage of time using an analog clock. The passage of time is an important concept in executive functioning because it allows individuals to plan, organize, and manage their time effectively. Understanding how much time is available for completing tasks, setting priorities, and meeting homework and test deadlines is essential for successful time management.

  2. Use change and small bills to teach the value of a dollar. Using change and small bills to teach the value of a dollar can be a valuable lesson for children. By physically handling money and making transactions, kids can better understand the worth of each dollar and learn how to budget and save effectively. This hands-on approach can lead to more responsible financial habits in the long run.

  3. Plan a day trip to the zoo or the beach, for example, by deciding what is needed to pack in the bag for a successful trip. By planning the day trip to the zoo or the beach and deciding what items to pack, children can develop important life skills such as planning, decision-making, and problem-solving. These skills can help children become more independent, confident, and better equipped to handle challenges as they arise. Additionally, the experience of exploring new environments can be a valuable educational opportunity for children.

  4. Map out and plan a longer trip. Planning a road trip or longer vacations with children requires understanding the process of research, time management, and budgeting. By involving children in these aspects of trip planning, they can gain a better understanding of what it takes to plan and execute a successful trip. Additionally, they can learn how to set priorities, negotiate and compromise, and work collaboratively with others. These skills are not only useful for trip planning but can also be applied to other areas of their lives.

  5. Have your child do chores. Chores are important for children because they can help them develop a sense of responsibility, independence, and self-esteem. Helping with household chores also allows children to learn time management, organization, and teamwork, skills that relate directly to their daily lives at school.
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Harbor Day School is a co-educational private independent K-8 school established in 1952.