Life Ready Skills


Each time that I speak at a conference or parenting event, people continue to ask me about the Life Ready Skills that we teach at PDS. A few years ago, I wanted to make sure that our boys were on the path towards being Life Ready. I came up with a list of 20 life skills that they needed to complete before they left us in 6th grade. While some are academic and apply to our situation, I think the list is beneficial for all parents. I hope this list helps guide you in the process of teaching your children to be ready for that next season of life.

Life Ready List

1) Wash, dry, and fold a load of laundry

2) Washing the dishes (loading and unloading the dishwasher)

3) Ironing your own clothes

4) Pumping gas

5) Cleaning 101 (bedroom, bathroom, sweep, mop, etc)

6) Cooking basics

7) Grilling 101

8) Community Service work

9) Rules of Dress

10) Lawn Care 101

11) How to tie a tie (regular and bow)

12) Start a fire

13) Study skills 101

14) How to drive a nail

15) Write a handwritten thank you note

16) Conversation etiquette

17) Basic first aid

18) Public speaking (giving a 4-5 minute speech)

19) Completing Flight Plan book

20) Memorizing the manhood definition (A real man glorifies God by seeking an adventuresome life of purpose and passion as he protects and serves others)

What would be on your list? I would love to hear your ideas!

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