One thing that most parents who send their children to school to learn, as a pose to homeschooling them, complain about is the lack of life lessons taught in schools. Kids might learn to master fractions in maths, create slime in science class, and act out Romeo and Juliet in drama, but where are the life lessons?
The fact is that most schools – there are some exceptions – don’t teach their students life lessons, which means that they go out into the world unequipped to deal with daily life as an adult. The good news is that as a homeschooling parent, you have the opportunity to ensure that your children learn all the most essential life skills, alongside their other learning.
The guide below can help to make the process of teaching your kids life lessons a little easier, with ideas and examples.
Cleaning and cooking
Schools might offer home economics classes, but they don’t cover all of the skills needed to live alone and take care of yourself. As a homeschooling parent, you have the opportunity to teach your children how to cook and clean and incorporate those lessons into their daily life.
Fit at least three hours of cooking class into their schedule and teach them how to cook proper food, not just cakes and cookies. Aim to combine geography and cooking, teaching your kids how to prepare dishes from all over the world. Put aside an extra hour each week to look at nutrition and learn about the best steps for staying healthy.
As for cleaning, encourage your children to clean as they go. Don’t clean up after them, like many schools do. Instead, make clearing up a part of every lesson, so that cleaning up as they go becomes the norm.
A high percentage of adults get into financial trouble simply because they have never learned to budget. Schools might teach mathematics which incorporates money, but students are never taught about budgeting, which is where the problems arise.
Incorporate activities into your learning schedule that encourage your children to learn to budget effectively. This could be using play money and a play til, and acting out a shopping experience, or you could head to a local store that’s child-friendly, such as Anthill shopNplay, and give your children a budget each and ask them to use it to buy three different items. This encourages them to add up the cost of each item they pick, ensuring that altogether the items are affordable for their budget. Another option could be to give your children an allowance which has to last them a month and be used to pay for things like any sweets, new toys, or any activities that they want to do.
Schools might encourage their students to eat healthily and stay active, but very few schools incorporate self-care into their schedules, which is why there are so many young adults that don’t know how to take care of their wellbeing effectively.
Teach your children to meditate – start each morning with 15 minutes of meditation to help calm their minds and relax them. Show your children how to use deep breathing to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. Encourage them to express themselves and their feelings through art or another method of self-expression.
There are some lessons that schools just don’t teach, but as a homeschooling parent, you have the opportunity to educate your children on these things and give them a better chance of a happier and more successful future.