The Life Skills Report Card
Download the Life Skills Report Card in English
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Parenting 2.0 defines Life Skills as “skills every human being learns in some measure.” The tragedy of our times is that these critical skills – skills used every day of our lives throughout the entirety of our lives – often suffer the most impoverished educational process. Role modeling.
The Life Skills Report Card aims to right the score by equipping all persons with a quantitative tool for assessing current Life Skill competencies and tracking progress towards desired goals. Just as academic report cards vary between cultures and age groups, so too will Life Skills Report Cards. We share an example here and invite you to personalize. We welcome also translations!
Description: Patterned after traditional academic report cards, the Life Skills Report Card (LSRC) has five main categories: Personal Care, Organizational Skills, Respect for Self and Others, Communication, and Social Skills. Each category has six subcategories. A numerical scale (one being the lowest - five the highest) provides an easy way to chart progress.
Transition Times: Categories and sub-categories on the LSRC are fairly self explanatory with one possible exception - Transition Times. Transition Times refers simply to those hours when anyone in the family is leaving or arriving home. Showing extra sensitivity during Transition Times, and avoiding bringing up non-urgent requests or hot topics until family members are settled, restores an enormous amount of peace and harmony to busy homes.
How do I use the Life Skills Report Card? Update your Life Skills Report Cards on a timetable comparable to academic report cards. Every three or four months, print out a copy of a new report card, and ask your kids to grade themselves. Complete your own copy, then compare your results. This lets you see where your expectations differ from theirs and future energies are best focused. Invite their suggestions when deciding on steps for improvement.
That which you focus on will flourish. It is said it takes seven compliments to counter the impact of one criticism so....remember to spend the bulk of your review time discussing positives, and limit the areas you select for improvement. Remember always, change doesn’t happen overnight. (When was the last time you changed a bad habit?) Acknowledge the difficulty of the journey when your children are changing slowly and look for the times they do make progress, then let them know how much you care and appreciate their efforts.
Personalize: Just as no one academic report card is appropriate for all children of all ages and family backgrounds, neither is one Life Skills Report Card. So feel free to personalize yours. For example, replace the word “Other” with Pet Care, or “Spirit” with Church, Temple, Meditation, whatever term best reflects your family values and practices. Please however, in order to retain general consistency in value and utilization, keep the basic outline. It is our sincere hope that one day a child’s Life Skills Average will be as valued a term as a child’s Grade Point Average.