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Important Independence Skills Your Child needs

Chayanika Sen
7 to 11 years

Created by Chayanika Sen
Updated on Jul 16, 2020

Important Independence Skills Your Child needs
Reviewed by Expert panel

Independent Skills are those skills which are needed to handle the challenges in everyday life adequately, whether being inside the house or outside. We all are familiar with Heraclitus’ famous quote “The only thing that is constant is change”. In today’s rapidly changing environment having independent skills are crucial and necessary for meeting the everyday challenges of life.

For your child, the learning begins from you, you being the parent. Kids start learning with the parents, and every parent want their child to be independent. Coaching your child independent life skills is important for self-sufficiency, care and discipline. Primarily as parents, you tend to be focused on schooling and grades, and somehow we make sure that our child makes a decent career. But what about important life skills - from time management to doing laundry, from managing money to dealing with strangers, these skills have equal importance for our children’s future accomplishments. There are a few essential independence skills your child needs, as listed below:


  1. Time management : It is important to know the value of time, you must teach your kid value of time. So they must know to finish their tasks on time for e.g. Wake up on time, finish brushing, reaching school on time, doing homework, playing etc. should be timely scheduled.
  2. Handling money : They must understand the denomination of notes and where to spend. They should be taught saving money while they are young. Young habits help one to become successful. Also, once the child is 7 or more they start going to shops to buy things and if they know the denomination it will be easier for them to do purchasing.
  3. Dealing with strangers: Outside the house, children get to meet many people who are unknown to them, they need to learn how to communicate with strangers by looking them into the eyes confidently. Parents tend to speak for their kids, so it’s high time encourage children to speak on their own.
  4. Staying organized : Keeping everything in its suitable place is an essential skill to imbibe. Putting back the toys where it belonged, keeping books, clothes, shoes after using them where it should be. It starts form these small chores and helps a long way in life.
  5. Staying Safe : teach them about things which are safe/unsafe to use. e.g. matchbox, sharp tools, electric tools. Start with each one of them slowly, for example once they understand how and when to use matchbox, move to next tool.
  6. Helping in chores : It’s important to be able to manage your chores on your own. Start with little cleaning (may be where they sit/eat), placing the napkins before having a meal, putting bedsheets, cleaning dishes etc
  7. Basic Cooking : Teaching kids about cooking means introducing them to a healthy diet. Start with mix, stir, wash. Also the very first step in getting kids comfortable in the kitchen is to give them the tools that are easy and safe to use.
  8. Swimming/Cycling: With growing age, teach them swimming, cycling which is a way to keep them physically active and healthy.
  9. Using a public transport : Involving them with turns and traffic lights, help them figure out which path to follow to get to right bus to home/school.
  10. Self-dressing and grooming, Staying alone at home, Personal hygiene are few which are useful too.

This content has been checked & validated by Doctors and Experts of the parentune Expert panel. Our panel consists of Neonatologist, Gynecologist, Peadiatrician, Nutritionist, Child Counselor, Education & Learning Expert, Physiotherapist, Learning disability Expert and Developmental Pead.

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| Aug 08, 2018

Hi very nyc blog and quite Information my son learns many of them from drs international School where he does for grade 1

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| Aug 22, 2018

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| Jul 07, 2020

nice blog

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