2. They can use a map and compass.
Spatial awareness isn’t just a key part of STEM education. It also prevents us from getting lost. Start by teaching your kids how to mentally map their neighborhood, school, or favorite playground. Then break out the old-fashioned map and compass and go on a hike in the woods, challenge your kid to navigate your drive to school one morning. While every kid should be able to function navigationally without the use of a device, it’s a good idea to also have them learn to follow navigational directions on phones, a critical modern skill.3. They have a solid handshake.
Step 1: Make eye contact with your belly button and toes pointing towards the person you’re greeting.
Step 2: Smile and squeeze the other person’s hand like you’re grabbing a gallon of milk – not too hard and not too soft.
Step 3: Shake up and down no more than three times while all the while smiling and maintaining eye contact.
4. They can tell one good joke.
Laughtergood clean jokejokeSherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson went camping. They pitched their tent under the stars and went to sleep. Sometime in the middle of the night Holmes woke Watson up.Holmes said: “Watson, look up at the stars, and tell me what you see.” Watson replied: “I see millions and millions of stars.”Holmes said: “And what do you deduce from that?”Watson replied: “Well, if there are millions of stars, and if even a few of those have planets, it’s quite likely there are some planets like Earth out there. And if there are a few planets like Earth out there, there might also be life.” And Holmes said: “Watson, you idiot, it means that somebody stole our tent.”5. They can make change.
Since we yet don’t complete all of our purchases using our smartphones, kids still have to know their way around quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies. Run some practice transactions by them, with an added incentive: Every time they give you the correct coins back, they get to put the change in their piggy bank.6. They know how to save.
7. They can chill out.
8. They can clean their room.
9. They know how to write a letter or email.
In the era of emojis and selfies, kids’ written communication skills are in danger of atrophying. They need to know to compose a formal letter (heading, greeting, body, closing, and signature), and should learn that an e-mail, and even a text, can be written formally. 10. They have proper table manners.
This knowledge could pay off years later at an all-important lunch or dinner job interview. Kids need to know how to navigate the dining room table: Napkin goes in their lap and then on their chair if they need to be excused. No reaching for food, no interrupting, no chewing with their mouth open. Plus they should be able to set the table: From left to right, it should go fork, plate, knife, and then spoon, with the water glass above the knife.11. They know how to be alone.
12. They exhibit good manners.The days of finishing schools have come and gone, but that doesn’t mean we should be raising uncivilized bores. Start by modeling proper etiquette yourself and focus on the six most important phrases in civil dialogue:
“May I …”
“No, thank you.”
13. They can dress themselves
We’re not talking about how to put on shirts and pants. We’re referring to helping kids learn how to dress nicely: picking out weather-appropriate options, mixing and matching colors, pairing prints with solids. It’s a great way to help your kid express themselves, create their own style, make decisions, and feel confident. 14. They can reach you.
For safety reasons, kids should have their home address and phone number memorized. A 10-year-old should also know relevant email addresses and cell numbers. Work the information into a song, use rhyming games, or post the information prominently around the house — whatever it takes to make this information stick.15. They can react to an emergency
Your kid doesn’t have to become MacGyver, but they should have a handle on essential first aid skills that will help them in an emergency:
Apply pressure to a bleeding wound;
Use ice on a swollen injury; run cold water over a burn;
Pinch nostrils for a nosebleed;
Stop, drop, and roll if clothing catches on fire;
Know when to dial 911.
16. They can swim.
While toddler swimming classes are all the rage, the American Academy of Pediatrics doesn’t recommend swim classes for kids under 4, since there’s little evidence such programs decrease the likelihood of drowning and could lead parents to develop a false sense of security. After your kid’s 4th birthday, get them in the pool.17. They can care for another living thing.
Caring for a pet – and keeping it alive – helps kids learn to be empathetic, one of the most important skills they can develop. If you’re not ready to give in to their pleas for a family dog, there are easier options: hermit crabs, a goldfish, butterflies, or even a house plant.18. They can carry a conversation
19. They can cook an egg
Have them crack eggs into a bowl and whisk with a little cream and salt
Help them pour the mixture into a non-stick pan over medium heat and wait 20 seconds until the edges begin to set.
Have them use a spatula to push the edges into the middle, then have them repeat this motion until mixture is nearly set. Then eat!
Always supervise them (there is a stove involved), but gradually allow them to take over the process until they can do it from start to finish.
20. They have good hygiene.
21. They have a robust imagination.what’s in the box?22. They can ride a bike.
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