Teaching New Skills During Summer

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Once you have a child who goes to school, it can get difficult to find a good time to teach that child new life-skills. Certainly a first grader has not learned nor mastered all of the life-skills you hope to bestow upon the child, so the finding the time to teach is necessary. 

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Summer break is a great time to do this! You can also do other longer-breaks throughout the year. Some of the easier skills can also be taught on a Saturday. 

Each summer, I evaluate what chores my children are able to do and decide which chores each child needs to add to his/her repertoire. For example, my children do not start out cleaning the entire bathroom. I teach one part of a bathroom at a time. I leave toilets for an age when they are a bit older and able to clean it well and also wash their hands well following the job. I leave mirrors for when the child is older so the child can reach the full mirror safely. 

It is also a good time to work on teaching how to cook new foods. The kitchen is another area where my children learn “line upon line.” 

I saw this great idea for a sewing school on How Does She. She did a five week course to teach her daughter basic sewing. This is brilliant.

So if your child has a new skill or ability you want to teach, think it through and come up with a plan for teaching your child. You might even be able to find outlines like I found for sewing online.  

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Valerie, also known as The Babywise Mom, is the mother to four children. She has been blogging on Babywise and general parenting since 2007. She has a degree in technical writing and loves using those skills to help parents be the best parents they can be! Read her book, The Babywise Mom Nap Guide, to get help on sleep from birth through the preschool years. You can also find her writing at Babywise.life, Today Parenting, and Her View From Home. Read more about Valerie and her family on the About page. Follow her on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram for more tips and helps.

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