Coronavirus has destroyed the routines of millions of people around the world who have been stuck at home doing nothing for weeks now. Children have been affected the most, with schools closed and classes moved to online zoom calls.
There’s not much that parents can do besides maintaining some semblance of their pre-quarantine routine and making sure that kids do not fall behind in their curriculum. It is a stressful time, really, because very few parents are equipped with skills to act as their kids’ substitute teachers in dire times.
But even while you’re stuck in quarantine with your kids, there are plenty of real-life skills you can teach them that will be absolutely crucial when they grow up. What’s more, teaching these skills doesn’t require any experience, so you’ll probably be learning some of these skills with your young ones!
We live in really unpredictable times where anything can happen at any given moment. It’s important to have a fully-equipped first aid box in the house, but what’s even crucial is that your family knows how to use it. Kids shouldn’t be an exception to this. Kids love exploring new things as long as the parents make the learning process fun and engaging.
One of the most useful pieces of advice you can impart to your child is money management. It’s never too early to start learning some responsibility, and the sooner your child can learn about budgeting, the more likely they are to make smart financial decisions into adulthood. You can start by giving your kids a set allowance and a mock bank account that they can use to track their earnings and expenditure.
Being stuck in isolation with your kids can have its perks. For one, you can use this opportunity to get them more involved in household chores that will give them a taste of independence and responsibility. Some of the safe household chores that kids can do include doing the laundry, setting up the dishwasher, and cleaning their room.
While you’re teaching them how to do laundry, you might as well get them to iron their clothes as well. This skill might take longer to learn and there’s always the safety hazard any time a heating device is involved so make sure they do the first few rounds under adult supervision until they eventually get the hang of it over time.