There is no handbook for life, there is no handbook for parenting, and there is no ‘one rule fits all’. Everyone is different, and there is not always a right or wrong way of doing things. There are, however, some life skills that you could equip yourself with as a parent which may make things just that little bit easier for you.
Learn To Cook
If you don’t already know how to do it for yourself, then learn so that you can feed your kids nutritious and healthy meals. They don’t have to be to a high standard and no one’s asking you to train as a chef but learning some necessary cooking skills can be a real lifesaver. While you shouldn’t feel bad about enjoying a takeaway every once in a while or giving the kids a ready meal now and again when you’re short of time, it’s essential to be able to whip up a couple of easy meals and even better if you can make some that you can then put in the freezer yourself for those days when you have no time. All you need is a couple of easy dishes in your repertoire that you feel confident in making, it could be an omelette or beans on toast to start with, but at least it’s something.
Learn To Drive
Kids have so many places they need to be, from after school activities or seeing friends, so it’s very useful as a parent to be able to drive. The first thing you need to do is to get yourself a car, so have a look at somewhere like LMC Cars you can get yourself a decent used car for a good price. Then book yourself some lessons and set a goal for when you want to pass your driving test for. This is also advantageous for you and work as many employers look for someone who has a full, clean driving license, even if the job doesn’t need you to drive.
Learn To Sew
When your child gets a rip in their favourite cardigan or their trousers are too long, wouldn’t it be nice if you could fix it quickly instead of going out and buying new? You don’t need to be able to create a whole wardrobe of outfits out of the curtains, but it is handy to be able to do these little jobs.
Learn Basic First Aid
Do you know what to do if one of your children is bleeding or has a broken bone? Apart from panic? As a parent, you have to be many things, and sometimes that means you have to put your doctor’s hat on and know what to do in a crisis. You can pick up an essential first aid book if you feel like your skills are a bit rusty, or you could go on a course so that in the event of an emergency, you are not wasting precious time flapping as you’ll be confident in knowing what you need to do.
If you can’t master much else, then have a go at these four, and you’ll thank yourself in the future and so will your kids.