Someday your kids will be adults and will need to know how to cook and clean and maintain a home and life of their own. This checklist will help you teach them the things they need to know!
I am raising arrows. That means I am raising adults. I am sharpening these little arrows that will one day leave our quiver and be shot unto the ends of this earth. Every last one of them must be ready.
Part of that being ready is teaching them to manage a home for themselves. What good is it for me to do everything for them and leave them void of the skills they need to take care of their own home someday?
How do you teach kids what they need to know about being an adult?
Honestly, you can never teach your children EVERYTHING. That is an impossibility. So, be prepared for gaps; however, as mentioned in my post Gaps in Homeschooling, this is actually an opportunity for your child to learn valuable lessons on their own.
So, my #1 tip for teaching your children what they need to know to manage a home of their own is…
Tip #1 – Don’t Stress!
Get my checklist, work through it, add to it, subtract from it, but don’t stress about it! We all have to make mistakes and muddle through at times. Forgetting to teach your child something isn’t going to make or break their success as adults.
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Tip #2 – Don’t Try to be Perfect!
Often, parents are hesitant to even try to teach their children about managing a home because they don’t do it perfectly themselves.
Get that thought out of your head right now! Doing nothing to prepare your kids for adulthood is WAY worse than doing it all imperfectly.
Feel free to tell your children there’s probably a better way (like using a potato peeler instead of using a paring knife the way my mom taught me!), but that life isn’t always neat and tidy and sometimes you just have to do the best you can.
Which leads me to tip #3…
Tip #3 – Teach Adaptability
In my book, Home Management for the Homeschool Mom, I teach systems that work for homeschool moms who are trying to both educate their children and keep a home running smoothly. Their circumstances are wildly different from the mom with 1 or 2 kids in public school, so they have to be adaptable.
In fact, ALL OF US need to be adaptable. Life isn’t always “normal,” so learning skills to manage a home provides a BASIS, not a be-all-end-all.
As you are teaching the skills on this checklist, be sure to share with your children how life has ups and downs and what works right now may not work in the middle of a difficult circumstance.
Always be prepared to be adaptable!
Tip #4 – Pray
This may sound trite, but I mean it. Pray, pray hard, pray often and teach your children to do the same.
This checklist isn’t comprehensive and it isn’t to give you and your children some false sense of security about their future. It’s a guideline. It’s a tool. But the best tool we have as adults is prayer and knowing that God has a firm hold on our future, no matter how much we (or our kids) mess it up!
Keep your prayer life tuned up and teach your children to do likewise!
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