John Wayne said, “Life is tough, but it’s tougher if you’re stupid.
Being intelligent doesn’t always mean book smarts. There is a saying that some people are book smart, while others are street smart. There are ways to teach children and adults to be street smart and book smart. As a parent or guardian, taking the time to teach critical life skills will ensure that your kids are resilient and ready to become successful people. Children who receive life skills education from television and movies may think that it is a must to have drama constantly in his or her life. For example if a child is learning life skills from famous sports figures in the news, he may consider that knocking out his fiancée in an elevator is the acceptable thing to do.
Life skills are essential when it comes to making decisions. Making the right decision could mean the difference between walking with the whole senior class or facing burglary charges and not walking. Students learned the hard way after deciding to prank their school by breaking in at 3:30am and releasing 72,000 ladybugs into Chopticon High School in Morganza, Maryland.
Two life skills that can help people get through a situation where they are being bullied are communication and conflict management. Using these properly could be the difference between being happy and dreading the day. Doing research on the web can benefit parents and children, for example, stopbullying.gov contains a list of five examples of how a person can handle a situation in which they are being bullied. Making people miserable seems to be the goal of a bully. The bully is empowered by making someone else feel bad. On the other side of that is the person being bullied, and he or she may feel that the actions of the bully are deserved, based on a distorted self-image. On both sides of this situation, conflict resolution skills and effective communication will help build self-confidence.
There are other core competencies that are necessary for life. Having a basic understanding of finances, such as taking at least 10% of every dollar and investing it for long term growth would benefit many. The basics of a consistent physical fitness plan along with eating the right amount of calories and nutrients for long-term health will keep families around for a long time to enjoy many experiences together.
It is never too late to learn new skills or improve the ones you already have. It doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. Doing some research online or asking other people is a great way to start! Volunteering in a non-profit organization is an awesome way to learn skills that will guarantee success. Getting involved in local sports teams, finding a mentor or life coach such as Phoenix Life Coaching will increase your knowledge and understanding of yourself and life.