10 Life Lessons & Skills to Teach Your Child by Age 10

September 25, 2019

Your child will be celebrating their 10th birthday soon. Every day they surprise you with signs of autonomy and more personality than you know what to do with. As our kids grow up, it’s normal to wonder what benchmarks they should be hitting. For example, have you ever wondered what life lessons they should have under their belts before they blow out their 10th birthday candles?

Here are our recommendations for life lessons to teach your child before they reach this important milestone.

1| Counting and Using Money

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Once your child starts earning an allowance, teach them about saving using a clear jar or piggy bank, or, better yet, take them to the bank as a fun event. Explain to them about deposits and accounts and start talking to them about how much items cost.

2| Preparing Easy Meals

Kids as young as 18 months can start helping in the kitchen by washing veggies and fruits with you or sprinkling flour into a bowl. Older children can start to grate cheese and measure ingredients, and even master recipes like spaghetti and meatballs.

3| Dealing With Strangers

Your child will be encountered by strangers, so it’s best to teach them from a young age about the do’s and don’ts for these situations. Teach them about these “people they don’t know” and how to strike a balance between friendly and cautious. Most importantly, teach them how to recognize the “uh-oh feeling” and how to reach out to someone trustworthy for help when they need it.

4| Standing Up to Others

The basic premise of teaching a kid to stand up for themselves is to teach them to be assertive, but polite. Help them understand “I statements” such as “I think” or “I feel” and how to be honest, direct, and clear when in a dispute with someone.

5| Cleaning Up After Themselves

A great way to start teaching kids about cleaning and responsibility for their stuff (at the same time) is to teach them to clean their rooms. We’ve got some awesome tips here, including moving up bedtime as a persuasive move and decorating the space together.

6| Swimming Safely

Once kids are at least a year old, they can enroll in formal swimming lessons. At home, practice water safety and play games to help kids stay safe in the water and improve their skills.

7| Doing Laundry

Don’t let your kid be the one in their college dorm or first apartment without a clue as to how to do laundry. Over the Big Moon has tips for teaching young children to use the washer and dryer and nuances such as managing load size, folding, and more.

8| Navigating

Yes, GPS is a feature built into all smartphones, but it’s still a smart idea to teach kids how to read a map and generally navigate. Explain the cardinal directions and how to use a compass—here’s a great guide.

9| Writing a Letter

It’s a lost art, even for adults. Letter writing will help young kids master self-expression and hone writing skills, and someday they’ll be awesome at composing emails. Try out this diagram with your kids! It turns the basic parts of a letter into a cute teddy bear diagram, with the heading being the head, mouth being the greeting, and so on.

10| Managing Time

Of all of our life lessons to teach your child, this might be the most important. If your child can effectively manage time before their teens, they’ll have outpaced many working adults and will be successful in school and the workplace. Start simple with clock reading then move on to schedules for both you and your child. Read more here.

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