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Real Life Lessons For Kids and Teens During Lockdown

The Corona Virus induced lock down has presented people with a very unique opportunity. For most of the people who are staying at home, this has provided a chance to bond with family members especially children in the family. If you have not had much time to spend with your children, this is the perfect time to interact with the kids and teen and teach them valuable life lessons. Here are some skills you can teach them that you have learnt from you parents and from life itself that you can share with the young ones in the family.

  1. Health and Fitness Skills: Coronavirus lockdown is the perfect time for you and your family, especially the children in your family to learn how to remain fit and in good health. You should use this time to learn and do Yoga as well as indoor exercises like squats, skipping and jumping jacks etc. Moreover, all of you should learn how to cook and eat healthy food items. Focus on importance of green vegetables and fruits, as well to reduce your sugar and salt intake along with carbohydrate consumption.

  2. Money Management Lessons: You can also use this special time to teach the teens in the family about the various money management skills you have learnt overtime. Start by teaching them about the importance of a domestic budget and how to draw one and stick to it. Tell them about how to prioritise their funds for the four pillars of life, namely food, shelter, clothing transportation and the protective roof provided by insurance of different kinds. Teach them why its necessary for everyone to buy health insurance and life insurance. Teach them how to managed debt and make the best use of payment instruments like credit cards.

  3. New Language Skills: This is the perfect time to learn a new language. The internet provides perfect platform for everyone to learn different languages. You should make a joint effort with a child in the family to learn a new language during this time. It is also going to be a very unique advantage for you because you can tell your boss that you have made productive use of the lock down induced business shutdown and have returned to work with a special new skill. You can also use this new language skill to earn some money on the side as you get more and more proficient in the new language.

  4. Basic Auto Repair Skills: You may not be allowed to drive around due to coronavirus lockdown but this is the perfect time to teach your teens the basic skills with regard to repair and maintenance of automobiles. If you have a two wheeler or four wheeler, teach them about the basic components of the vehicle, teach them how to change a flat tyre, how to change a dead battery or jump start a car using a secondary battery, how to siphon fuel from the car’s fuel tank etc. These skills will help them in extreme emergencies with any kind of automobiles and reduce their dependence on roadside assistance services.​

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