As a parent, do you sometimes do things for your children that they should do for themselves?
I’m a parent too, so I know this is a trap that’s easy to fall into.
As time goes by, you may even start to think that you need to keep doing these things for your children.
If you don’t, these things won’t get done at all!
I’ve spoken to and worked with 25,000 pre-teens and teens so far. It surprises me that most of them haven’t developed the life skills needed to succeed in school and adulthood.
To help parents, I’ve created this list of 40 things that children should know how to do before they turn 13.
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I’ve separated the list into five categories:
- General life skills and self-management
- Social/communication skills and relationships
General life skills and self-management
1. Use a calendar or planner to keep track of important events and dates.
2. Handle their schoolwork, revision, etc. on their own without reminders or nagging.
3. Wake up on their own every morning without relying on their parents.
4. Writing things down and setting reminders to ensure that they don’t forget important information, items, etc.
5. Keep their room, desk, personal belongings, etc. organised.
6. Contact their tutors, teachers, coaches, etc. when necessary instead of relying on their parents to do it on their behalf.
7. Develop a rough daily and weekly schedule.
8. Create a plan to prepare for a test, achieve a goal, complete a project, etc.
9. Prioritise tasks.
10. Pack their bag on their own.
11. Take public transportation. [Continue reading]