Lots of people all around the world are spending more time at home than usual. Some may find this situation boring, but it’s actually an excellent opportunity to bond with your children and help them acquire new skills.
From laundry to letter-writing, there are many useful abilities your children can learn at home over the next weeks.
Tie Their Shoes
There’s no simpler but more necessary task that tying one’s shoes. If your children haven’t learned to do it and you feel they’re ready, this is the right time. You can do it yourself, or take advantage of the many tutorials you can find on the Internet. Learning to tie their shoes may take your children some minutes, or a couple of days. However, be patient if they struggle and celebrate their achievement when they master the task.
Do Their Own Laundry
If your children already know how to tie their shoes, then they can learn to do their own laundry. As a part of the same process, you can also teach them to fold their own clothing. This will foster a sense of responsibility, since it will allow them to help you at home, while becoming more aware of the way they take care of their clothes. It will also strengthen their self-esteem, as it will serve as an indicator that they are ready to tackle more complex tasks and you trust them to do so.
Preparing a Simple Meal
Once your children have learned to tie their own shows and do their own laundry, the next step can be learning to prepare a simple meal. Make sure to supervise them and teach them to take all the necessary precautions. Let them know that learning how to prepare a meal is important, since it’s a sign that they are growing and becoming able to take care of people other than themselves.
Writing a Letter
Some may think that writing is a lost art, but that does not mean it’s not important. On the contrary, in a time when writing is often used carelessly, good writing can make your children stand out in their academic life. Besides, this is a good time to stay connected with those we care about. Ask your children to write a letter to a relative or a friend. Offer your help, have a dictionary at hand, and remind them of the importance of spelling and structure.