13 Adult Life Skills

This exercise is for parents. Imagine your child as an adult. Don’t focus on careers or jobs for purposes of this exercise, but on independence and character qualities. Start one notebook for each child, and describe this person as a young adult. Be as specific as you can about the areas on this list:

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Getting Along and Resolving Conflict   

< ![if !supportLists]>ü  < ![endif]>In the Home Skills
Everyone Lives Somewhere   

< ![if !supportLists]>ü  < ![endif]>Life Navigation
Getting Along in That Great Big World   

< ![if !supportLists]>ü  < ![endif]>Time Organization
Managing Your 7/24/365   

< ![if !supportLists]>ü  < ![endif]>Space Organization
Managing Physical Space and Stuff.   

< ![if !supportLists]>ü  < ![endif]>Around the House
Fixing and Maintaining Stuff.   

< ![if !supportLists]>ü  < ![endif]>Money, Money, Money
Can You Handle It?   

< ![if !supportLists]>ü  < ![endif]>Healthy Habits
Self-Care Skills for Your One and Only Body

< ![if !supportLists]>ü  < ![endif]>Your Mind’s Life
Using Your Marvelous Brain

< ![if !supportLists]>ü  < ![endif]>Spiritual Habits
The Wellspring of Life

< ![if !supportLists]>ü  < ![endif]>Decision Making
Practice for Every Day of the Rest of Your Life

< ![if !supportLists]>ü  < ![endif]>Creativity
Leaving a Little Beauty Behind

< ![if !supportLists]>ü  < ![endif]>Celebration Skills
Finding Joy in the Everyday 

                Jot down your thoughts, dreams, and priorities in these areas. As you read through this book, you will flesh out these areas and perhaps add others of your own. (The appendix contains information on additional helpful resources for your planning and teaching.) Keep this Life Skills Notebook for your child to track her own progress. You may also add sections of your memories of mentoring as well as treasured photos. Our family’s notebooks have included photos of bread baking sessions, summer lemonade stands, and favorite pets who have helped teach responsibility.

               As your child gets older, let him keep the notebook himself. It will be a treasured possession. As he becomes more skilled at life skills, he can add his own materials, resources he has uncovered, and perhaps information on career areas to explore. The point is to begin today to develop a tool to help you and your child plan ahead for independence. It will be here faster than you think.

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