What are the skills that you think your

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What are the skills that you think your
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Mon, 01-19-2009 - 8:41pm

children "need" to learn?

PumpkinAngel

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Mon, 01-19-2009 - 8:54pm

Skills?

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Mon, 01-19-2009 - 9:00pm

Yes, that is what I'm thinking as well....


For my children:


Swimming, team sports, cooking, cleaning, basic car care, basic first aid, how to use a hammer, saw, drill, basic home repair type stuff, sewing, care of themselves....I'm sure there are more though....


So far, we are doing pretty well knocking off that list.


PumpkinAngel

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Mon, 01-19-2009 - 9:05pm
Ah, swimming, yes!
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Mon, 01-19-2009 - 9:10pm

That's a good question.


I think I'll copy hrs...


Cooking (at least rudimentary)
Car care (or at least enough knowledge to know who to take it to and when)
Basic sewing (buttons and simple patches to get you through that meeting when your button pops off)
basic housecleaning
How to use a hammer and screwdriver
How to unclog a drain
How to plunge a toilet (I guess all these three -- and more -- can be lumped under basic home repair)
basic first aid/911


I would add that they need to learn how to handle their emotions.

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Ducky

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Mon, 01-19-2009 - 9:24pm
Personal hygiene
Basic cooking
Basic housekeeping
Basic courtesy/respect
How to speak up and not be afraid to ask questions
Budgeting
Solid work ethic
Time management
Taking care of one's possessions so that they last longer
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Registered: 01-09-2009
Mon, 01-19-2009 - 9:38pm

How to speak up and not be afraid to ask questions
Solid work ethic
Taking care of one's possessions so that they last longer


I was just coming back to say speak up, ask questions, and ask for help


I agree with the work ethic, and taking care of one's possessions (stewardship).

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Ducky

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Mon, 01-19-2009 - 10:47pm

Okay, I thought of a couple more.

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Ducky

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Mon, 01-19-2009 - 10:49pm

oops, see that's what I get for skimming through, and not reading posts entirely.

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Ducky

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Mon, 01-19-2009 - 11:33pm

How to argue effectively and think for themselves. 2nd (or 3rd) would be to enjoy themselves as adults.

Chris

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Tue, 01-20-2009 - 4:02am

They should have some basic idea of how to run a house, from laundry to paying the utility bills. They should know how to care for themselves, hygiene, doctors etc.

They should understand how money works, loans, CCs, mortgages, savings etc. They should also have some idea how money works on the macro level, what inflation is, for example.

They should know a foreign language and the rudiments of music.

They should have some sense of how politics work, generally and in the country where they live.

They should have a sense of history and literature, even if it is rudimentary. They should know their family history. They should know basic art history.

They should know their religion. They can discard it or choose not to believe in it, but they should be taught the fundamentals of a religion that is relevant (i.e. it is the state religion or it is dad's religion or mom's).

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