What Skills Your Kid Should Have at Every Age

What Skills Your Kid Should Have at Every Age

It’s up to us parents to pass on the basic skills our kids will need to be successful adults.

Like being able to swim, do their own laundry, or cook a healthy meal. The real question is when should you teach them? Here are age-by-age guidelines for skills kids should learn before they move out on their own.

All kids develop at different paces, so it’s important to go with how interested they are and their maturity level as well as their age. But the age ranges below can help you get a sense for when your children will be developmentally ready to acquire the new skill. After all, you don’t want to suddenly find yourself with a college-aged kid who doesn’t know proper hygiene. It happens, but if you want your kid to be more independent and confident when they step out into the real world, teach them these skills.

Follow a Sleep Routine: Ages 1 to 6

Yes, good sleep hygiene is a life skill, one many of us struggle with well past our childhood years. When your child is a toddler, you can start teaching them to follow a consistent bedtime routine (something we as adults need as well).

Try the four B’s—bathing, brushing, books, and bed—and follow the routine as consistently as possible each night of the week. Once your kids are around 6 or 7 years old, they can follow their own routine and put themselves to bed. However, you might have to keep reminding them to follow the routine, so they get the 9-11 hours of sleep they need each night. You’ll probably also have to keep nagging them when they’re teens and they turn into night owls.

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