Are you teaching your children “life skills”? (giveaway ends 2/20/13) #MomLife


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?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you MUST complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify. Extra entries are optional.

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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.

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Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family, five cats, dog, a tank full of fish and snails. She is also a freelance writer and photographer.


  1. My son is 9 and he makes his own toast and waffles! I guess I should be teaching him more. My daughter is 3 and helps put away laundry.

  2. I try to teach them how to save $.

  3. teaching them how to cook and clean up for themselves

  4. Nicole Larsen says:

    I started teaching my daughter about doing chores around when she turned 3. She has a responsibility chart. She also helps me with clipping coupons and knows that they are just as valuable as money.

  5. Tyneisha Fondren says:

    My daughter is only 7months old. But I want to do well by her and teach her about God, and to always have faith even if times get tough. She needs to learn respect and how to conduct herself like a lady. Good manners are also a must, and treating people right. I want to teach her to love and respect herself, how to cook, how to clean, and how to be an overall decent human being.

  6. Teach them how to wash and dry clothes and 1 meal a day

  7. Kenya Johnson says:

    I have been teaching my daughter about becoming financially responsible since she was around 2 years old. She is very aware of money and the value of things. I teach her to be grateful for what she has and to appreciate the gifts that she receives from others. For other parents, it is never too early to teach about being financially responsible. Children will always have wants and needs. It is our job to help them to develop discernment and maturity.

  8. Margaret Smith says:

    I try to teach my children to be honest and fair. Since they were toddlers, we’ve talked about feelings in situations that arose and how would they feel. I hope that I’m teaching my kids to have good morals, be kind and fair.

  9. Christine says:

    My kids like to cook with me and I am happy to involve them. Cooking teaches math, science. sequence, patience…so many great things. Let the kids be in the kitchen!
    Thanks for the chance!

  10. Wendy Pesce says:

    allow them to help cook in the kitchen

  11. Michelle S. says:

    Yes, I found something that the kids were really wanting and had them work and save to obtain it. I started this before they were 10 years old. They also help in the kitchen and with chores. They don’t do laundry because I don’t allow anyone to use the washer and dryer except for me. LOL

  12. Adrienne gordon says:

    Number one I have taught them that they need to be more than just about themselves.

  13. I teach my son to be honest. I have started teaching him this early

  14. Belinda Brown says:

    Teach your children love, kindness, honesty, and hard work and make sure you as a parent display these actions in front of them and pray for the best….. My son is grown and gone from home, but he has given me a beautiful grand daughter that will be taught these same things along with manners as her Daddy was taught……

  15. I’ve helped watch my grandson since he was a baby and he’s 5 now and I’ve been teaching piano and how to draw as well as life lessons that sometimes you win and sometimes you lose and you can’t get mad. And of course to be thoughtful of others.

  16. i try to teach them to be kind to other

  17. I don’t teach my son how to save money, I teach him how to spend money. I want him to be a savvy shopper that knows how to get the most for his money. I began this very early in his life by demonstrating/modeling how a savvy shopper shops and manages their money.

  18. We are teaching how to handle money. And the importance of a good education.

  19. Cynthia C says:

    I tried to teach my kids to be kind and polite as soon as they were able to understand.

  20. we are trying to teach them to clean up after themselves