There are many activities that you do everyday that could be helping your child to develop the skills they need for the future. There may be others that you want to think about doing with them to ensure that they can develop all of the skills they need. As a parent, it can be hard to see your child grow up, but at the same time, you want them to be able to deal with any situation that they find themselves in. Below are a few regular everyday things that you can do to help them develop the skills they need for the future:
Reading with your child is an excellent way for them to continue to improve their reading ability and widen their vocabulary. Reading with your child is also a great way to get them settled into bed, and give them an outlet that lets them relax and use their imagination.
Cooking together is important because it will give them the skills that they need to be able to survive and feed themselves. You don’t want them to go off to university when they are older and have no idea how to boil a pan of pasta. Cooking is an essential life skill. How much you let them do will depend on their age. When they are young, you can just allow them to pass things to you, and as they get older, they can start to do more and more. You may also find that your child’s interest in food increases and they are more likely to try new foods because they have helped you with the preparation.
Play board games
Board games are an excellent tool for your child’s development. There are many different board games for different ages ranges, with different themes, and that require different skills. Games like Scrabble can be helpful to test their spelling and vocabulary. Other games will require problem-solving or teamwork, which are skills that will be useful to them in the future.
Playing board games together is also fun! You can spend time together and develop your bond.
Give them chores to do
It might not be the most fun thing in the world, but chores and tidying up are a necessary thing that you have to do. You can show them how to do different chores. Take time folding clothes together, show them how to put their toys away, and where the rubbish goes. Keep praising their efforts, and their confidence will grow. It won’t be long before they are doing them independently.
Encourage them to ask questions
Asking questions is a great way to learn and should be encouraged. Talk to them about how things work and even help them to research on their own when they can. If they want to know why the sky is blue? Ask them to look it up and tell you. Encouraging curiosity will help them to stay interested in the world, and give them the ability to find out information for themselves.