Revealed - what parents are really teaching their children in lockdown

By Sue Wilkinson
Wednesday, 20th May 2020, 2:14 pm
Updated Tuesday, 20th October 2020, 9:35 am

In a culture where we are always on the go, can buy anything at the touch of a button, and never have enough time, it can be very easy to miss out on learning valuable life skills

However, thanks to lockdown 80 per cent of parents are using lockdown to teach their children life skills as well as home schooling them.

During the first week of homeschooling one 33 year-old dad Lewis Birch said of his son Harry, five: “He learned how to put shelves up this morning and, this afternoon, I am teaching him how to change the oil in the car”. He was not joking!

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    A survey of 2,109 parents has revealed what parents are teaching their children.Helping their children how to cook is the most popular life skill for parents - 77 per cent.

    With a majority of restaurants closing, it’s no surprise that parents want their kids to know how to cook for themselves.

    Second on the list is budgeting - 72 per cent.

    Unfortunately, due to lockdown many people have lost their jobs/been furloughed and utility bills are rising.

    Teaching your children how to budget can help them become financially independent in the future and to prepare for unforeseen situations.

    More than a third - 38 per cent - of parents are teaching their kids how to grow vegetables in lockdown. As many supermarkets are struggling to keep up with demand, it is a great skill to have.

    Lower down on the list of life skills parents are teaching their kids is sewing - 12 per cent.

    What parents are teaching their children

    With fast fashion becoming more and more of a problem, learning to sew can help save the earth and your children’s pockets.SaveOnEnergy found that 62 per cent of parents believe the education system failed to prepare them for real life, and many of the topics people wish schools covered revolve around money.

    Learning about taxes came out on top – 88 per cent with an astonishing average of 3,000 monthly google searches for “what are taxes?”

    Many would find this helpful as thousands of people are unaware of how to tackle taxes.

    What better time to bring attention to the fact that 73 per cent wish mental health was covered in school.

    What parents wish their children learned in school

    Of those surveyed, only one in five remember their schools teaching covering any issues/topics/advice around mental health.

    On average, there are more than 600 monthly Google searches for “how to be more environmentally friendly” and nearly 6,000 searches for “environmentally friendly products” each month.It’s clear to see that people want to learn more about how to help the earth.

    As a result, it’s not surprising that participants want to understand more about energy efficiency 66 per cent.