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Lifeskills - Contextual Understanding And Social Skills

Lifeskills - Contextual Understanding And Social Skills

Ever thought what skills you'd like your child to have once her school-going years come to a close? Like the abilities you pride in yourself, chances are these have nothing to do with school. Here are some practical suggestion on how to give your children valuable life skills.

Contextual Understanding

Give your children a chance to experience different learning environments. There is a growing list of outside-school activities they can benefit from. From the tried and tested speech and drama, art and music to the now popular yoga.

Each learning environment is set up in its own unique way. Whether it's pottery, dance, archery or drama, your child will learn to adapt to different classroom situations, instructors and teaching methods. He'll understand that expectations and behaviors change according to the situation.

Social Skills

Social skills are another important aspect of a child's education. You can't learn interpersonal skills from a textbook. It's all about your own experiences and how you relate to people, hold a conversation, listen, form an opinion, express your views and discuss different viewpoints.

From as young as two, children pick up all these skills just by spending time with other children and playing. This is perhaps the best way to learn because they are having fun and it's not an obvious learning situation. Another way they learn is by observing how adults relate to one another.

They imitate what we do, make up stories and act them out, learn to share and play together. If your son or daughter is an only child, it's important for them to spend time with other kids. It's good idea to organize play sessions for you children so they learn how to get along with others.

Bring your child to the playground in the evenings when you know other children will be there. Then just sit back and watch him make friends. When the time comes to start kindergarten or primary school, children who are used to spending time with other children find it easier to adjust.

Why Do My Kids Have To Fight All The Time?

Good question! Sibling rivalry has been going on for a long time. The underlying source of this conflict is old-fashioned jealousy and competition between children. Marguerite and Willard Beecher, writing in their book Parents on the Run, expressed the inevitability of this struggle as follows:

"It was once believed that if parents would explain to a child that he was having a little brother or sister, he would not resent it. He was told that his parents had enjoyed him so much that they wanted to increase their happiness. This was supposed to avoid jealous competition and rivalry. It did not work. Why should it? Needless to say, if a man tells his wife he has loved her so much that he now plans to bring another wife into the home to `increase his happiness', she would not be immune to jealousy. On the contrary, the fight would just begin -in exactly the same fashion as it does with children."


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