We wouldn’t particularly call ourselves ‘experts’ in any life skills and like everyone else we both have our individual strengths and weaknesses.
Consequently, as kids pick up life skills from us parents (mostly), that means they will be receiving less than perfect instruction (in our case that’s putting it mildly!).
So, we decided to do things differently and instead of just relying on our talents we decided to use the best ideas we could find.
Take RESILIENCE as an example.
Angela Duckworth is perhaps the most important person writing about RESILIENCE today. So, we read her book, devoured as many articles on RESILIENCE as we could and then came up with ways that we could bring what we’d learned to life in the form of lessons for our kids.
We quickly learned to make them enjoyable and hands-on, so it feels like fun rather than learning.
Life skills are built over time, so we do something each week with our kids that helps them to continually develop their abilities.
By doing things each week, this helps you to look at life’s day to day incidents through a ‘life skill’ lens, which means that almost any situation is a ‘teachable moment’, an opportunity for your kids to learn.
This helps to create a home environment that is positive, pro-active and one where personal development is a focus.
It has also meant that Lindsay and I have improved as parents (and people) as we have also done the lessons alongside the kids.