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  1. It’s great that you are working on teaching your son life skills. That was always something I felt was lacking in my upbringing. I realised I couldn’t cook a meal when I went to study abroad, found myself living in a flat in Brussels, and having no idea how to actually make … anything. I learned very quickly, and I love cooking now, but I wish that my parents had spent more time encouraging me how to learn to take care of myself, especially with regards to finances. My husband and I are of course figuring these things out on our own, but a little background wouldn’t hurt, you know?

    My son is only 18 months old, but I’m already finding that I can really start teaching him life skills. We practice getting dressed. If I’m folding laundry, he usually grabs an article of his own clothing and tries to put it on. He also helps me hang laundry on our drying rack, take laundry out of the washing machine, cooking (mixing or adding ingredients, especially to doughs), and vacuuming. He loves the vacuum, so I let him have a go before finishing off the job. I hope he continues to show an interest in things like this as he gets older (even though I doubt it). I will however make sure that he knows how to take care of himself/a home/finances as he gets older.

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