10 Skills To Learn Before Turning 10

September 25th, 2017

In the era of helicopter parenting and spoon-feeding, it is all too easy to fall into the trap of overparenting. While we ensure that our children get to be children and make the path ahead of them as smooth as possible by protecting and cultivating them, it is equally important to remind ourselves that we are raising adults and preparing them for success. Even with the best intentions, over-helping your little ones can hinder their proper development and deprive them of a chance to amply face the real world. While we can’t possibly teach every skill and trick in the box, you can (and should) still let them learn the following essential life skills by age 10, which would help them better cope in the world and grow into responsible and valuable members of society. 1. Pack (And Carry) Their Own Bag It is an all too common sight – domestic helpers or doting mums lugging their child’s schoolbag en route to school. Some parents even help their kids pack their bags the night before out of fear that they may miss out something. While not necessarily a skill, packing one’s own bag builds the skill of doing inventory and fosters responsibility from a young age. They can also learn about taking ownership of their belongings. 2. Take Public Transport At first glance, it may seem like kids who get to be ferried around before and after school enjoy a great privilege. However, what they miss out on is the skill of troubleshooting and figuring out directions that comes with independence. Taking the bus to and from school is a good start, from remembering bus routes to managing their own time so as not to miss their ride. The little ones can also learn how to be more streetwise and […]

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