Marc, Veronica and Kevin talked about the skills children should have by the time they reach 13 years of age. These are all positive, basic things that truly help a child mold character.
Marc's oldest son, Tyler, knows how to do many of these so far. It's never too early to get kids started toward independence.
- Cooking a Meal: not necessarily a gourmet, seven course dinner, mind you. But maybe mastering a favorite recipe. Marc's kids like making their own wraps.
- Understanding Money: budgets and saving. Easiest way is to teach them how to manage an allowance.
- Laundry: if a four year old can use a smartphone, clearly kids reaching 13 years of age can manage a washer and dryer!
- Basic Household Chores: not only is teaacing them to vacuum or mow the lawn help them, it'll help you as well!
- Grocery Shopping: this goes hand in hand with cooking and money budgeting. This is the place where all of it comes together.
- How To Fail: parents cannot bail a child out every time there's an issue. If your child slacks on a school project, they have to learn a lesson on how to fix it themselves.
- Managing Stress: Stress is a reality for many people, and it's happening at younger age now. The earlier your kids manage that stress, the healthier they'll grow up.
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