Character / Life Skills

by Timothy
(Bend, Oregon)

At what age?

I'm looking for a general list of character/life skills that can (and should) be taught in the home combined with suggested ages.

For instance, at what age should I intentionally begin to teach marriage skills? Obviously the child(ren) will learn from mom and dad every day, but when might 'lessons' begin?

What about advertising? When should a child be formally introduced to discriminatory skills related to advertising?

This list might be extensive, I know, but a general overview with ages would be most helpful in structuring everything from lesson plans to Bible stories to vacation ideas.

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May 21, 2009
young children
by: Sarah

I list "Life skills" as all chores and other related household and life experience my children need to learn. Mine are still young, but the 2 and 3 year olds are learning to gather trash, clear off the table, set the table, put away silverware, etc. They also help with stirring something for dinner or starting the microwave.

The 6 and 8 year olds have some larger daily responsibilities of cleaning the living room or dining room, doing dishes or laundry, etc. These, to me, are necessary "life skills" for the younger set of kids--all that is necessary to run a household. As my 8 year old gets older, home-ec and crafts such as sewing fall into the "life skill" category for us.

Hopefully, changing a tyre and oil and other car maintenance will also come as they hit older elementary/middle school years. I have very little plan after that, except general sharing of household duties.

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