Idea for Kids this Summer: Learn Life Skills

One idea I have for my kids this summer is to learn life skills that they will need as they grow into adults. I have been thinking of how to structure my children’s time this summer. I am still looking for ideas on that, so let me know if you have any ideas.

Meanwhile, I remembered a wonderful book I read a few years ago that had a list of life skills. It’s called How to Raise an Adult: Break free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success by Julie Lythcott-Haim. In her book, she provides the ages when children can or should be able to do a variety of activities. 

At the time, I put together a road map based on these activities, dismayed that my children were “behind”. Or, rather, I was behind on supporting them to develop these life skills.

With many camps and activities cancelled (or online) this summer, I revisited the list of life skills in the book and updated my road map. I suppose many parents are in the same situation as I am. Plus, helping kids become adults is what we are supposed to be doing as parents. So, I am sharing my Road Map of Life Skills.

picture of Road Map of Life Skills document

It is a Google doc, so if you “make a copy” (under File), you will be able to edit your own copy. I like creating things and supporting people with leaving a positive legacy. It still takes time to create and publish. If this is helpful to you, please let me know. It’ll help me know that taking the time is worthwhile!


Children, Independence, Legacy, LifeLessons, Parents, Young Adult