How will your grandchildren learn all they need to know to succeed in this world? In this post, you’ll learn a simple way to teach them the life skills they need to know.
Yesterday I baked a chocolate cake with my granddaughter on FaceTime.
I tapped into an inner cooking show host that I never knew was buried deep inside my soul.
We melted the cocoa and butter and whisked it into the dry ingredients. She watched as I dumped it into the pan and put it in the oven.
I called back when it was time to take it out.
She learned a few things about making a cake. And we made a memory.
What Can you do to Help your Grandkids Learn Life Skills?
Decide to teach your grandchildren what you know.
I’ve heard it said that one of our roles as grandparents is to teach our grandchildren what we know.
- If you have a garden, teach your grandkids how to garden.
- If you know how to fix a car, show them how.
- If you’re good with money, let your grandchildren watch you save and give and pay your bills.
- If you like to help others, when you are able, take your grandchildren along with you.
Use key questions to know what life skills to teach them.
If you’re wondering where to start, ask yourself this key question: what do I need to do that they need to know how to do?
Then, in your time together, walk through it with them.
As you gain more confidence as a life lessons ninja, ask these questions to get more ideas about life skills you can transfer:
- What do you know that you can show your grandchildren?
- What do you love that you could nurture a love for in them?
- What are they supposed to be learning in school that you know a little something about?
And ask your grown kids what kind of real-life-learning-fun would help them out and what your grandkids would enjoy. Then set up a visit, or a FaceTime or Zoom call.
Chocolate cakes are always a great place to start.
Find ways to drip life skills into your times together.
There may be an occasion for a big life lesson adventure, but more often it will come when you are mindful and take a few minutes to teach them a little something. Show them how to crack an egg with one hand, or clean the swimming pool, or nicely get the refund from the store.
Dripping our life skills into our grandchildren is a practical way we can help them become all that God has in mind for them to be.
To recap what you can do to help your grandkids learn life skills:
- Decide to teach your grandchildren what you know.
- Use key questions to know what life skills to teach them.
- Find ways to drip life skills into your times together.
Pray with me:
Lord, the biggest life lesson I want my grandchildren to learn is to love and follow you. But around that, there are so many things they need to learn to grow into adults who can manage successful lives. I want them to have a legacy of strength, confidence, ability as they grow. Help me to think about and be good at teaching them little life skills that will help them be the people that you see for them. Help me to lovingly equip them in all the ways that I can in my place as their grandparent. Amen.