Friday, April 27, 2012

Life Skills - Aged 2 - 18

Life Skills are the tools your child needs to succeed in put together by By Kids = Happy Moms. These are the skills they don't teach you in school, but you can help your child at home learn these important tasks. Make it fun too so that your child doesn't realize they are learning! Something we busy parents should all take an interest in.

Age 2
· Undress self
· Put own pajamas away
· Wash face and hands
· Comb or brush own hair (with help)
· Brush teeth (with help)
· Pick up toys
· Tidy up bedroom
· Clear off own place at table
· Be able to play safely and alone for a set period of time (1/2 to 1 hour) in own room. (Under supervision. Children need to know that they can be alone and still have fun.)

Age 3
· Dress self (with help)
· Make own bed (use comforter)
· Wipe up own spills
· Help set table
· Snap, zipper and button
· Put dirty clothes in hamper
· Start swim lessons

Age 4
· Help gather laundry
· Use a handheld vacuum
· Pick up outside toys
· Dust and clean TV screen
· Empty wastebaskets
· Know own phone number
· Know own address
· Help empty dishwasher
· Help bring in groceries
· Tie own shoes
· Sit quietly in church (looking at books or drawing quietly is OK)
· Next level swim lessons

Age 5
· Put clean clothes away neatly
· Swim (goal – swim independently)
· Leave bathroom clean after use
· Clean toilet
· Feed and water pets
· Get mail (if in a safe place) and put it in the proper place
· Receive a small allowance (if used)
· Money Management: saving, spending and charitable giving
· Know how to make emergency phone calls (911)
· Dust low shelves and objects (consider using a Swiffer)
· Empty kitchen trash
· Clean brushes and combs
· Organize bathroom drawers
· Learn to roller skate
· Learn to jump rope
· Learn to ride a bike

Age 6
· Organize own drawers
· Organize own closet
· Empty dishwasher and put dishes away
· Wash and dry dishes by hand
· Straighten living and family rooms
· Rake leaves
· Help put groceries away
· Make juice from a can or mix
· Make a sandwich and toast
· Basics of spending, saving, and giving
· Pour milk into cereal
· Pour milk or juice into a cup
· Wash out plastic trash cans
· Clean mirrors
· Bathe alone
· Clean windows

Age 7
· Use a vacuum cleaner
· Clean pet cages and food bowls
· Use a broom and dustpan
· Sweep porches, decks, driveways and walkways
· Take a written phone message
· Learn basic food groups and good nutrition habits
· Cook canned soup
· Read and prepare a simple recipe
· Be familiar with cooking, measuring tools and their uses
· Make Jell-O and Boil eggs (hard and soft)
· Money management (earning money and saving for a goal)
· Pack own sack lunch
· Cut up own meat, pancakes, etc.
· Water outside plants, flowers and garden
· Arrange refrigerator or bulletin board "pictures"
· Weed flower beds and vegetable garden
· Strip bed sheets
· Carry dirty clothes hamper to laundry room
· Sort clothes for washing by color and fabric and check pockets
· Straighten book and toy shelves
· Begin music lessons

Age 8
· Fold clothes neatly without wrinkles
· Iron flat items
· Remake own bed with clean sheets
· Clean interior of car
· Vacuum furniture (ie., chairs and couches), especially under cushions
· Water house plants and lawn outside
· Clean bathroom sink, toilet, and tub
· Load and turn on dishwasher
· Trim own nails and clean own ears
· Learn model making
· Set table correctly
· Mop floor
· Peel carrots and potatoes
· Begin teaching time management skills, assignment deadlines, or short blocks of time
· Money Management: Spend, Save, Give principle
Age 9
· Load and operate washing machine and dryer (clean lint trap and washer filter)
· Time management (get activities done in a block of time)
· Fold blankets neatly
· Straighten and organize kitchen drawers
· Help clean out refrigerator
· Prepare hot beverages
· Prepare boxed macaroni and cheese
· Cook hot dogs and scrambled eggs
· Brown hamburger meat
· Dust all household furniture
· Count and give monetary change
· Compare quality and prices (unit pricing)
· Oil bicycle

Age 10
· Replace light bulbs and understand wattage
· Distinguish between good and spoiled food
· Bake a cake from a mix
· Cook frozen and canned vegetables
· Make pancakes from scratch
· Understand the importance of ingredient and nutrient labeling
· Plan a balanced meal
· Know how to select and prepare fruits and vegetables
· Bake cookies from scratch
· Repair bicycle tire and learn basic adjustments
· Know basic emergency first-aid procedures
· Understand uses of medicine and seriousness of overuse
· Wipe down kitchen cupboards
· Be able to do family laundry completely
· Mow lawn
· Know how to handle a pocket knife
· Sew simple crafts on a sewing machine (pillows, bean bags, etc.)

Age 11
· Replace fuse; know where circuit breakers are
· Change vacuum belt and bag
· Clean and straighten garage
· Bake muffins and biscuits
· Make a green salad and dressing
· Do simple mending and sew on buttons
· Wash the car
· Learn basic electrical repairs
· Know a variety of knots
· Understand basics of camera use
· Be a helper in a church ministry
(ie., nursery, Sunday School)

Ages 12 to 15
  • Make deposits and withdrawals at the bank
  • Perform basic first aid and CPR
  • Time Management (should be able to manage an entire day of activities/assignments)
  • Check and fill all car fluids
  • Type with proficiency
  • Money Management: Budgeting basics, Charitable Giving, Spending Plan, Saving for a car, Saving Money, Emergency Fund

Ages 16 to 18
  • Plan well-balanced meals, including shopping and cooking
  • Pass a driver’s test
  • Write checks and balance a checkbook
  • Fill out a job application
  • Make one complete meal (nothing gourmet, just make sure they can feed themselves)
  • Money Management: Budget / Cash Flow, Debit cards vs. Credit Cards, Fraud Protection, Teaching Investing
  • Prepare a resume

Help motivate your child to learning some of these leife skills by using a reward chart - take a look at our website for a reward chart suitable for your child. Our charts can be customized too!

Maybe you can think of more to add to this list - let us know!

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