The more children I have, the more I realize how essential it is to teach my children practical life skills.
They can’t wait until they get to college before they learn how to do basic skills such as laundry, doing dishes, how to sweep a floor, etc.
I grew up learning a lot of life skills because of my mom’s health. She had epilepsy her whole adult life, and I have early childhood memories of being with her right after a seizure. As I grew older I definitely learned to help around the house, and how to care for her when she was in bed with her Lupus.
My husband however did not grow up learning a lot of life skills. His mom is one of the most devoted mothers I have met. Her life revolves around her family, and she did a lot for Sean growing up. He was required to do some chores, but he said it would take him a day to fold some laundry. He did put away dishes but doesn’t remember doing any dishes. (A side note, I asked my mother in law if I could share this on the blog and she said it was ok. I love her a lot, so I’m not trying to put her down here!).
When we got married, it was a hard adjustment for me to realize he didn’t know how to pitch in and help do the dishes. I literally walked him through how to fill the sink full of soapy water, what side of the sponge to use, etc. He was so painfully slow at doing it that I could barely watch. We became pregnant with our first three months after getting married, and I was really sick that first trimester. Sean was very tender and sweet, but couldn’t fix me meals – he barely knew how to boil water!
Thankfully he has come a long ways over the years, and will even pitch in and do dishes once in awhile. His biggest strength is doing laundry, which I’m immensely grateful for. He is also a perfectionist, and is way better at organizing our home than I am! So our strengths and weaknesses balance each other out.
I’m determined that my children, both male and female, will know all the basic life skills necessary to run a house, and feed themselves some proper meals when they leave my house.
Here are some things that I feel are important for any child to learn.
How to make their bed – that being said, most of my children don’t know how to do that yet. Ha! Since we had bunkbeds at our last house I took pity on them. I remember being in a bunkbed when I was little and that it was so hard to make that top bunk! Now that we moved to a new house, we have enough room to have regular beds and they will all be required to make them.
How to do dishes – This is a harder job than it sounds, but every child needs to learn how to do it! I have some children that struggle doing this task, and others that can do it more easily. However every child should know how to wash dirty dishes. I think they should know how to hand wash them and how to use a dishwasher.
How to do laundry – Some ladies do a better job of teaching laundry than I do. I’m not as picky about cold water/hot water and separating all my colors out each time. However my children definitely know how to fold clothes, and even my little ones can switch out the clothes.
How to prepare a meal – Every young teenager should be able to make a meal from start to scratch and serve their family. It can be super simple, but children have to learn how to cook!
These are just the bare basics that children need to know. There are so many other things they need to learn, like how to tie their shoes, use a sharp knife, how to have good manners, change the oil on the car, and so many other life skills. However it can get overwhelming trying to teach everything to your children. Life can slip by and the more children you have the harder it is to teach everyone.
That’s why I’m so excited about a brand new program that just came out called Skill Trek. We are going to be using it this year, and my children already love it!
Skill Trek will step in and help teach your children an amazing amount of practical life skills through videos, and PDF guides they read through. The family behind Skill Trek has seven children and they understand the challenges involved in making sure each learns life skills. I have my 5 year old through my almost 14 year old using this program. New videos are continually being recorded and added to Skill Trek, so they can always keep learning new skills!
Our oldest son watched a video about how to check the oil in the car, something we had not covered with him yet. Sean is going to go out with him to the van this week and watch him check it. Another child read through a guide on how to fold laundry correctly, something this child really struggles with.
While I love homeschooling, it can be exhausting to constantly be the only one teaching your child everything. I love how Skill Trek comes alongside you and helps you out as a parent!
Skill Trek has monthly and yearly subscription plans, and discounts are available if you enroll more than one child in the plan. They even have a family plan that covers up to 8 children!
I plan on including this in our homeschool week. Every Friday we will cover a new skill and continue to work on the skills we have already learned.
The life of a parent can be very hectic. We focus so much of our attention on teaching our children all the core subjects in school that we often neglect to teach them some some simple skills. Skill Trek was designed, not to replace you, but to come alongside you and fill in those gaps to ensure your children acquire many of life’s most basic but useful skills.
If you are interested in Skill Trek, you can use the coupon code: MODESTMOM to save 10% off, through September 7th only! That code saves you on monthly or yearly subscription plans!
This post contains affiliate links and was sponsored by Skill Trek. All opinions are strictly my own.