Practical Life Skills – Preparing Your Kids to Become Successful Adults

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This week’s Guest Blog was written by RE@L’s Co-Founder, Sarah Bass,

                           Learning Innovator for RE@L Practical LIfe Skills.

SarahBass2014Sarah is responsible for leading the development of RE@L’s Practical Life Skills products. She brings to RE@L more than 15 years of experience as a classroom teacher and developer of Family and Consumer Sciences curricula. Her perspective on learning styles and her extensive collection of product plans representing current and future user trends as both an educator and parent provide the RE@L team with invaluable real world insights.

Welcome, Sarah!


“Teaching kids the skills of everyday life has been the job of parents and teachers since the beginning of civilization. As parents, it is our responsibility, to guide and inform our kids about practical life skills so we can watch them gain independence and become self reliant adults. Today there are so many adult skills kids need to know.

Back in our history gender determined which skills you were taught and that resulted in a clear division of labor in a family. Today, our kids live in a new era filled with numerous opportunities: learning the basics of cooking, nutrition/wellness, finance, child care, home care, fostering good relationships. These, and many more skills are critical to the future well-being of both girls and boys as they become adults.

Adults today can help children acquire these needed skills. Adults must take the time to find the essential teachable moments. A big help to today’s busy parents and teachers is technology it can provide our kids with real world life skills. Find time to let kids help us in paying our on-line bills, or decide on what makes a nutritious dinner, or research money-making ideas on the internet, like what does it take to be a competent, successful babysitter.

Babysitting_GetOrganized_120x120_roundedOne app that provides relevant basic life skills for tweens and teens is RE@L’s “Babysitting Inc. – Get Organized.” Kids can use this app to learn how to start up their own babysitting business and make it profitable. From a parent’s perspective the best parts of this app are the many transferable life skills kids will gain, skills that will be helpful throughout their entire lives.

babysitting screenshot 1For example, RE@L’s babysitting app helps kids to learn how to interview for a babysitting job, write a guiding business plan, market and advertise their service, as well as connect with other babysitters via social media to share and contribute ideas. Wow! The best part is that the kids will really enjoy the variety of options they can choose from, and how they can actually apply the app’s content.

Our job as parents is to prepare our kids the best we can and provide as many helpful resources and experiences as possible. Take the time to teach your child some practical life skills. RE@L’s app “Babysitting, Inc. Get Organized” can be a huge helper in making it happen.”


Thanks to Sarah for her insightful commentary.

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Tom King & Dale LaFrenz

Dr. Tom King has served for over 40 years as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Saint Thomas in the School of Education. The Saturn School of Tomorrow, formerly a St. Paul Public School, and his visionary response to educational reform, was a lighthouse on the frontier of school change. Tom was an experienced high school teacher of mathematics, a school administrator, and Director of Technology for the St. Paul MN Public Schools. He is also a member of the RE@L Team. Dr. Dale LaFrenz is Chairman of RE@L and one of the founders of MECC Software who brought “Oregon Trail” to millions of K12 kids everywhere. He has written extensively on the history and evolution of Ed Tech. His work in forging new paths for MECC’S “edutainment" software was instrumental in connecting school-markets, kids, teachers and consumer-markets/kids/parents, and now serves as the new launching pad for RE@L apps and software.

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