As we ride out the coronavirus pandemic, we hear more and more jokes about people trying to get away from their spouses and kids. It’s true that our family members, who we know and love so much, might be starting to feel a little too present. And the stress of trying to balance working from home and homeschooling your kids is great. But you don’t have to run and hide.

Rather, switch your focus. Spend some quality time teaching your children some valuable life skills that can get overlooked in the normal day-to-day rush. Skills such as these:

  • Basic house chores like vacuuming, filling the dishwasher (it’s a lot like a jigsaw puzzle), doing the laundry, ironing, sewing on a button, and how to clean the bathroom properly.
  • Practical mechanical skills like how to change a tire, change the oil in your car, warm up a glue gun, or use a hand drill.
  • Vital personal communication skills that many kids simply don’t have, such as how to offer a firm handshake, look someone in the eye and address them by their name.
  • Basic banking skills including writing a check, balancing a checkbook, how to remotely deposit a check, or how to open up their own bank account.
  • Creative activities that can help reduce stress – for example, baking, using rubber stamps to create greeting cards, or learning to play the piano.
  • Outdoor chores that beautify your home, such as pruning bushes, planting a vegetable garden, and learning how to stay safe while mowing the lawn.

These are only some of the valuable life skills you can pass on to your kids, be they pre-schoolers or teenagers. This kind of quality time is actually a gift. It’s one that we recognize here at Clifton Foot & Ankle Center, too. Spending quality time with our patients is one of the things we pride ourselves on most. Board-certified podiatrist Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm offers his lifetime of skills to Fairfax County residents at our office in Centreville, Virginia. Call us for all your podiatric needs at (703) 996-3000 or contact us online.

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