Practicing Practical Life Skills

When G2 was younger, I made him a set of dressing frames so he could practice some Practical Life Skills. Despite the effort and care I put into making these, G2 didn’t really care to practice these skills.

Dressing frames for life skills

Until I made him the vest for his Frodo costume:

Dressing frames for life skills

He couldn’t stop putting it on so he could practice doing the buttons on his own.

And when I got him a raincoat for school, he would insist on putting it on and pressing the snap buttons on his own every time the sky was overcast and there was a possibility of rain – just in case, because you never know if it might rain during the short walk from the school to the car.

Photo Credit: Westbourne Academy

Sometimes it depends on how you present the materials to your child. A dressing frame, detached from any meaning, held no interest. A vest and a coat that he could wear – that was worth practicing his skills for…

Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of Figur8.net (a website on parenting, education, child development) and RightBrainChild.com (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

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