At first, the idea of having your child take life skills classes may seem strange or unnecessary. After all, you could just teach your child how to cook, do laundry, and write a check yourself! Actually, though, there are a few reasons why life skills classes can be beneficial to kids, and you can learn about those reasons below.
Kids often take lessons from other adults more seriously.
Of course you could teach your child these life skills on your own, but think about how your child often reacts to things you try to teach them. Many kids are not entirely willing to take their parents seriously. They are often more likely to listen to another adult. If that other adult tells them it is important to learn to write a check or iron clothing, they may take that opinion seriously, whereas they might just shrug you off if you were to tell them the same thing.
Life skills teachers know the best ways to teach this material.
Even though you know how to cook, clean, and complete other life-related tasks, you might not know the best ways to teach someone else to do these tasks. For instance, do you know what cooking skills your child should learn first, and what order you should teach various cooking skills in? A life skills teacher will know exactly how to teach these skills to ensure your child understands them and is able to perform them effectively. Your child may emerge with a better grasp of those skills without having had to spend quite as much time learning them.
Your child will get to see another perspective.
Your child will get to see how you wash clothes, cook, clean, and complete other tasks at home. Learning these skills more formally from another adult will give them a second perspective. Not only will this allow them to choose the approaches they will want to take when they complete these tasks on their own, but it will also teach them that in life, in general, there is often more than one correct approach. This perspective will benefit them as they go on to college and later to a career.
Every child needs to learn basic life skills. While you should certainly teach your child life skills on your own, enrolling them in life skills classes is a good idea, too. A new perspective — one from a knowledgeable teacher — will give them an advantage.