I think most parents naturally teach their children a variety of life skills in the everyday occurrences of life. However, lately, I have been thinking a lot about the idea of life skills and with one daughter a year away from adulthood (and possibly leaving home if her plans of joining the military come to pass), I was starting to wonder if we have taught her enough of the right kinds of life skills.
I want our kids to be as well equipped for "real" life as we can help them be. While I know that the best way to learn how to endure real life is by actually living it, I still want to review with them as many things as we can beforehand.
In my research for the human study I'm doing, I actually ran across a great list of life skills parents can teach their children with ideas about how to do that, sponsored by Casey Family Programs. I thought it might be useful for other parents out there as they train up their children, so please feel free to pass this link on to your friends.
In addition, I recently started following a blog called The Art of Manliness so I could pick up some tips about raising boys into men (I still have no clue). Recently, they began a 31-day blog series based on life skills men need as they leave home and move out on their own. So while some of this is not all that practical for the boys right now, it's still fun to read and they have a lot of neat pictures and illustrated guides to support their posts. So check them out, too.