Recently I was asked to write a guest post for the website Jen and Barb’s Mom Life. The subject of the post was teaching our children life skills. My kids are teenagers and I hate to admit that there are a lot of life skills we haven’t taught our kids yet. They know how to do a few things, but not as much as they should know. For example, our daughter knows how to do laundry, but our son doesn’t. Our son knows how to boil water and make macaroni and cheese, our daughter does not. I won’t even get started on money and making purchases. Sigh…
Writing the guest post made me realize that I was doing my kids an injustice by not teaching them more life skills. In a way I feel like a bad mother because my daughter can’t boil water.
Jen and Barb recently interviewed actress Felicity Hoffman and they discussed teaching our children life skills. You can find their video here, http://jenandbarbmomlife.com/what-kind-of-life-skills-are-you-teaching-your-children/. It’s an eye opening interview and I would strong recommend parents and even grandparents to check it out. This topic was done in conjunction with Chef Boyardee.
Here is the post for your convenience. If you are reading this via e-mail you can find the video at the above link.
Cooking, cleaning, budgets… there is so much that a child needs to learn. I know now that I should have started all of these life lessons while my kids were younger, not as teenagers. Hopefully I’m able to teach my “old dogs” (teens) some “new tricks” (skills).
If you are interested in reading my guest post you can also find it on the Jen and Barb Mom Life website, http://jenandbarbmomlife.com/what-kind-of-life-skills-are-you-teaching-your-kids/. My kids also made a yummy recipe for Lasagna made from Chef Boyardee Raviolli. I let them make it from start to finish. They ventured from the recipe a bit and it didn’t turn out as good as it should have, but it was still delicious.
Do YOU teach your children or grandchildren life skills? What have you taught them so far? What age did you start teaching them these things? I would very much love to get a discussion going about this. Hopefully we can teach each other ways to teach our own children and grandchildren.
You can follow the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #MomLife. You are also welcome to tweet your response to the video on Twitter using the same hashtag. I would love to encourage readers to get involved in this very important topic.
To encourage you to join in the discussion I have a $25.00 gift card to give to a lucky reader.
This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on February 20, 2013 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.
To enter please comment on this post and tell me about teaching life skills to your child/grandchild. What have you taught them so far? What age did you start to teach them things? What tips or advice can you share with others about teaching life skills to your children?
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*I was compensated for my participation (guest post). There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and were not influenced in any way.