What will happen if children are not equipped? In my own case, because I never learned homemaking skills from my mother, I approached motherhood at a real deficit. But a lack of life skills can also affect children long before they reach adulthood. Parents Magazine discussed this issue with Carol Held, a veteran kindergarten teacher, reporting that
she sees a marked change from her early years in the classroom in the 1970s. Her kindergartners today at Emerson School (ironically a school for gifted children) have more trouble learning their way around the school—where items belong, how to clean up after themselves—than earlier cohorts.… “It’s not a joke to see how kids can’t function on their own anymore,” Held says. “Children don’t see messes anymore because their parents pick them up. Kids can’t even push their chairs in under the table.”
Many of us see this every day in our environment. I spoke to a teenager who couldn’t read an analog watch, and I have taught four year olds at church who did not know how to care for themselves in the bathroom. I have met babysitters who cannot correctly count change, and the level of service I have received from some younger workers is appalling. In our own children’s lives, we parents can do much more than shake our heads in dismay at this state of affairs.
Life Skills For Kids: Equipping Your Child For The Real World
by Christine M. Field
I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth. ~ 3 John 4