Life Skills

General

Life skills are the abilities for adaptive and positive behaviour, which enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life. Life skills are innumerable, and are likely to differ across cultures and settings. Some skills which will make children productive and independent are as follows:

Decision Making
This skill helps a child to deal constructively with decisions about their life. To help children make better decisions, try these techniques:-

• Look to the future.
• Stick to the facts.
• Brainstorm to seek possibilities/ alternatives.
• Consider pros and cons of each option to reach a decision.

Time Management
Time management skills that helps develop a child to become a more responsible and accomplished individual, is as follows:
• Be focused at the task at hand.
• Use a calendar.
• Use a checklist.
• Get organised.
• Schedule rewards.
• Get a good night’s sleep.

Children exercising Creativity Thinking

Society needs people who are able to make unconventional decisions, which help them to think critically and creatively. Critical and creative thinking involves children thinking broadly and deeply.

Children exercising Critical Thinking

Effective Communication

Children exercising effective Communication

It helps children to express opinions and desires, needs and fears as well as ask for advice and helps in times of need. A child learns to deal with disagreements and to resolve conflicts while maintaining self-control and respect for others.

Life skills enable individuals to translate knowledge, attitudes and values into actual abilities.

Nivedita Sood Bhatia.