If you are a high-school student, you are probably already fed up with the lessons about life after graduation and college. On the other hand, if you are a parent, you already feel the pressure to pass all the needed knowledge for your child to properly adapt to this new stage of life.
There is no doubt that there is an education gap, so many children these days end up completely unprepared for college. Previously, there were school programs that taught children basic life skills such as cooking cleaning, ironing, plumbing, and car maintenance, which is not the case with the modern generations.
Yet, all these life skills lessons are extremely valuable in life, they ease the transition to college and help students feel more secure and confident to succeed.
Therefore, Lumpkin County High School, Georgia, has an entire day, called “ADULTING DAY”, that teaches seniors to become self-sufficient.
Senior Grace Wikle was happy to learn to change a mean tire, and explained that she took “AP World, AP environmental science, AP language and then apart from that, five courses at the college”.
Nowadays, there are numerous DIY videos on YouTube, but students admitted that learning them in real life made them focus more on it.
Principal Billy Kirk invited experts to teach their areas of specialization to the students, from chicken cooking to CPR and said:
“We’re trying to teach kids real-life examples. So when they graduate, not only are they college-ready, but they’re life ready.
“I have two boys who go to this school. (They are) 18 and 17. I’m embarrassed to say if my kids got stuck in the rain today with a flat tire, they probably wouldn’t know how to fix it.”
About a year ago, Kirk came across a headline about a school in Kentucky that implemented a similar day to teach students basic life skills.
He was so excited, that even it was during Christmas break, he texted an assistant principal:
“We need to do this.”
While this is a great idea, the main responsibility for preparing the child for the real world still remains on the parents. In the past, kids were more involved in household chores and maintenance works, so they learned the skills they need from a young age.
Yet, it has proven beneficial for children to have more responsibilities to spend their energy on. In fact, they will appreciate being treated like grown-ups.
Therefore, do not hesitate to teach your kids the life skills that will help them thrive. In that way, the new student will be able to face numerous challenges that come with the new phase in life, and they will also be foundational skills needed in the entire adult life.
Make sure you teach your child things like time and money management, basic cooking, laundry, and car management, to relieve his burden and support him during the numerous changes that await him in the next period.