Essential Life Skills to Help Your Child Succeed in the Future.


Life skills are important for success in life and can be taught at a young age. Learn the top five most vital things children should know, as well as how to teach them more effectively with your own family routine!


Here are some of the most important life skills for your child to learn:

  1. Critical Thinking

  2. Perspective-Taking

  3. Making Connections

  4. Taking on Challenges

  5. Communication

How to incorporate these in to your child's daily routine.


1. Critical thinking


One of the best ways to build critical thinking skills is through rich, open-ended play. Make sure your child has time each day to be alone or with friends and take on roles such as fire fighters, super heroes etc., while they are in that mindset. One way this can work well for younger ones might include physical games like tag where children explore their surroundings finding objects that fit into places specific sets criteria but most importantly it promotes risk taking which leads them towards solutions!


2. Perspective-Taking


The ability to think about another’s point-of view is not something that most children naturally do, but it can be developed. One way of doing this would involve discussing characters' feelings and motivations in books you read; e.g., I wonder why the cat did not want help from little red hen? Make observations on how others feel, such as "Alex looked really sad when he didn't get a turn . What should we do to make her feel better?"


3. Making Connections


True learning, says Galinsky, occurs when we can see connections and patterns between seemingly disparate things. The more connections we make the better understanding we have on the world around us. It's an important skill for kids to learn at any age but it becomes even more critical as they grow up so that their minds are able to understand these underlying principles. When children sort through basic household items, they start to build those connections such as socks, and toys. Another way to help build this skill is having your child chose the clothes that are appropriate for the weather. Pointing out more abstract connections can help with developing this skill also. For example, "This song remind me of a time a was at the fair with my friends."


4. Taking on challenges


One of the most important traits we can develop in life is resilience—being able to take on challenges, bounce back from failure and keep trying. Children learn about this through a healthy environment with enough structure that helps them feel safe but not too much so as they become limited. Encourage your child when he's ready by giving him new things like climbing trees or riding bikes which are reasonable risks; Another way to encourage resilience is to focus more on how hard one tried than where they ended up. For example, "that was really difficult but you kept trying, well done."


5. Communication


A child's ability to learn social skills, such as reading cues and communicating effectively with others will depend on the type of interaction they have. For example if a parent spends quality one-on one time talking about what is going on in the world or having an interesting discussion can help build up that skill set for life! Practice actively listening to your child when they share things with you. Just having an interested adult listening to them can really help in improving this skill.


Follow these simple tips and your child will be well on their way!