5 Essential Life Skills To Teach Your Child

by 17 September 202264 comments

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ

In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

5 Essential Life Skills To Teach Your Child

by Farida Haji

Dear parent,

Are you tired of screaming at your kids for simple tasks?

Then sighing out of frustration because you have to drag them forcefully and watch them complete their task? If only they could do it in the first place with a smile on their faces.

Instead of lashing out at your children, teach them these basic life skills

5 Essential Life Skills

1. Decision-making

Decision-making starts from the moment we realize we have a choice. We introduce options to our children — an apple or a banana, a chocolate or a sweet — and as they grow up, the options get more complex and difficult. 

Father Teaches His Daughter to make decisions

As parents or primary caregivers, it is our prerogative to help them make better choices from the mind and heart and hone their decision-making skills. 

  •  Identify the problem
  •  Explore options
  •  Compare pros and cons
  •  Plan your action; and
  •  Gauge consequences

Follow up by providing guidance to support your child in making the right decisions.

2. Maintaining Health and Hygiene

Cleanliness is essential to our practices, not just for our prayers, but for a healthy life. Rather than commanding them to perform certain tasks, explain why they need to do them.  

This is definitely a challenge, the foundation of which needs to be strong. Once the habits are established, you will have one less thing to worry about. Create a task table, or allocate timings for certain tasks, and let them see you perform the task as well.

Actions speak louder than words, so introduce your children to the following habits when appropriate:

  • Practice good dental hygiene and brush regularly, at least twice a day.
  • Perform wudhu with the right mannerisms (arkaan).
  • Bathe (ghusul) and clean yourself thoroughly after urinating or defecating.
  • Remove pubic and armpit hair once every 40 days.
  • Clip nails regularly.
  • Be presentable, and wear clean, washed underwear and garments.
  • Encourage the use of attar, especially on Fridays.
  • Being mindful while sneezing and coughing.
  • Promote healthy eating habits and practices.
  • Maintain cleanliness around the house, and refrain from littering the streets.

3. Time Management

“Wait a minute”, “give me 5 minutes”, “later!” and other such phrases are common responses we’ve heard from our children. Time management is not only reading the clock and getting things done on time. It’s organizing, planning, and executing tasks at a scheduled period. The simplest example would be to pray on time! 

Mother Planning and teaching time management to her Child

These are a few ways to teach your children the value of time and planning:

  • Make simple calendars (individual and family) and fill them together
  • Prioritize tasks and reward them for timely actions.
  • Communicate gently to incorporate discipline and routines from an early age.
  • For children who love technology, add kid-friendly organizational apps to their gadgets to make it a fun exercise.  

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4. Financial Literacy



We see numbers everywhere. However, how many of us realize the importance of numbers in our lives? Introduce the understanding of money from an early age, so when they start earning they can deal with money rationally.

Do not start from when they turn one. Instead, gradually as they understand calculations, introduce basic money matters to your child:



  • The concept of savings from an early age
  • Talk about Zakat and Charity
  • Talk about earning halal money
  • Discuss how we deal with interest (riba)



Have conversations about the Islamic nature of handling finance and allow them to manage and use money. This can be difficult, but not impossible.


father teaching his son financial literacy in the kitchen

5. Survival Chores

Oh yes! This has to be the most important one. The umpteen number of times we see clothes thrown on the floor and the dishes left in the sink. It is definitely something our children need to realize, that we will not be there to pick up after them for the rest of their lives.

Teach them the following survival and basic life skills before it’s too late:

  • Make time to teach and direct your child to do age-appropriate tasks.
  • Teach them to prep meals; not an entire dining menu yet, but enough to make themselves a sandwich or an egg, or pour themselves a glass of milk and cereal.
  • Teach them first aid and quick response when they hurt themselves.
  • Teach them to clean up after themselves, make their bed, switch off the lights, and put away their laundry.
  • Teach them about budgeting and buying items.
  • Teach them about fixing things around and about the house.
  • Encourage them to be of service to people in need of help.

It may seem like a lot. However, take a back seat and think of your child as a little human, a Muslim brother or sister you are raising. Think of your teachings and imparting knowledge as a service to Allah. Not only will it make your parental journey easy but create a stronger bonding with your child and make your path to Jannah blissful! Insha Allah.

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    • Kazibwe Muhamadi

      Very educative

  1. Jesmin islam

    Very good advice

    • Sakina Husain

      I LOVE THIS!!!
      The suggestions for good mannerisms and interactions with the kids for them to be more involved in their development are soo relevant and simple. Such a helpful piece.
      Thank you!!!

    • Issah Chimsi

      It’s very educative and advice to parents/ caregivers
      Alhamdullillah I’m grateful

    • Aisha Suljic

      Love it , mashAllah

    • Faatimah hanif

      Excellent dawah, really needed

      • Yaqoob

        Thanks for sharing this educative write up. May Allah increase ur wealth of knowledge.

        • Vina

          Very good, Masya Allah

          • Rehana

            Mashallah, informative

  2. Umm Ismail

    ‎​السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَ بَرَكته
    Thank you for taking the time to write these very practical suggestions..

    Keep them coming as the fitnah of having outspoken, rude and sometimes lazy children is upon us all..

    Umm Ismail

    • Hajia Rashidat????????

      This is awesome, thanks for this, Jazakha ALLAHU Khairan ????????, I will start practicing with my child as from now on ????????.

  3. Aliyu Ahmad

    Very interesting topical issues, we shall be part of it all the way Insha Allah

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  5. Usman Siraj Ahmed

    Assalamualaikum. Mashallah very useful.

    • Mahira

      Asalam Aleykum W Wabarakatuh
      Tabarakallah very useful…????
      Jazakallah Khairan…❤

    • Ibrahim Mohammed

      Jazzakal llahu khairan. …. this is useful and rewarding.

    • Samreen

      JazakAllah khair….very useful easy and the best way to teach children.

    • mohsen mehali

      Masha Allah
      Thanks for the teachings

    • Abdul Maroof

      JazaakAllah,Very informative and productive

      • Zabida

        Great advice for parents and children! Teach your children while they are young. Will definitely make a difference in their lives.

        • Nour from Muslim Pro

          Shukran your your appreciation and support. Do share the article with your family and friends, – Nour

    • Shahid

      Alhamdulillah, excellent. Jazak Allahu Khairan!

    • Abdul Maroof

      JazaakAllah,very good article for parents to instill good qualities in their children.

  6. Fadzilah

    Alhamdullilah. Its powerful tool not only for children but adult too

    • Noraini Rasam

      Alhamdulillah. I could use the tips to share with other parents. InsyaaAllah. Syukron jazilan for sharing. May Allah bless this string.

  7. Bashir Muhammed

    A very good lessons for a better life and good upbringing

  8. Rehana Kausar

    Mashallah usefull but today’s kids joint family also playes imp role if u have suggestion regarding how to cope up 80+ members do send me

    • Adekunle Mojeed

      Very educative ????

  9. Luckman

    Cleanliness doesn’t and shouldn’t stop at body hygiene alone but extend to complete cleanliness of your home and surroundings,even at our work places.Kitchen,bathroom,toilet and tidy up the entire house are part of it.
    And must not be gender based.Let’s teach our boys and men how to do these chores as well and not only the females.

    May Allah make life easier for everyone.Ameen.



  11. Fazila Poptani

    Lovely article and especially about teaching kids from a young age. Yesterday I went to an area that was so messy and dirty with rubbish on the roads and my kids were shocked as I always teach them to never throw rubbish outside and we always go out to clean up our road. Subhanallah

    • Muhammad

      Your lesson is good

  12. Yahya Mohammed

    Alhamdulillah• this is very relevant …Jazakallahu khair ????

  13. Rashida

    A very good lesson and l really appreciate ????thanks

    • Gordon

      Thank you for this well said piece of information very enlightening and easy to apply keep up the good work Salam

  14. Viewer

    These are the basic skills everyone needs to learn, in order to be good at every aspect of life In Sha’a Allah.

  15. Jasmine Pill

    Very good advice! Trying to teach my grandchildren to be helpful around the house and to be money wise!

  16. Jibril Audi

    A very good Piece, jazakhallah khairan.

  17. Adiza Jibril

    Masha Allah Very helpful thanks for your advice

  18. Noraini Rasam

    Alhamdulillah. I could use the tips to share with other parents. InsyaaAllah. Syukron jazilan for sharing. May Allah bless this string.

  19. Al-yasha Williams

    Very insightful and encouraging! Thank you!

  20. Elijah T

    Great information to use. Our children need so much instruction & structure. Many parents just do not know how to begin to teach. Many of us just continue to neglect the educational duties of parenting. In The Name Of Allah, Thank You.

    • Nour from Muslim Pro

      Thank you Elijah for voicing out your opinion. Please do share the article with your friends and family.

  21. Mohamed Hoque

    Jazak Allahu Khayran.

  22. Abdul

    My name is Abdulwale and very well useful Allah knows best

  23. Ridwan

    Jazak Allah Khairan. Very lovely and informative.

    • Muktar

      MashaAllah it is very educative May Allah Reward all the contributors to the writer-up Ameen .

    • Alenna

      Nice and good..imformative for children or parents..thanks..as a grandmother I teach my grand children’s even they are not Muslim..we need to teach them bcoz we are responsible for there daily task.shukrans..

  24. Mohammed Nasir

    I have screenshot every phrase of this lecture. Shukran

  25. Sonia

    I was really upset because ofy toddler and its just pop up. Alhamdulilah really helpful jazakallah khair.

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  26. Abdul Hakeem

    Very useful, I thank Allah for my mom. She has thought me almost everything

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  27. Abubakar Muhammad

    Jazakumullahu biljannah. Well understood and it will be put into practice Insha Allah.

  28. Abubakar Muhammad

    May Allah accept it as an act of ibadah Well understood and it will be put into practice Insha Allah.

  29. Mohd Asad

    Allah hu Akbar

  30. Abida

    I like this information,step by step,we teach our children all these basic value and skills,

  31. Fatima

    Alhamdulilah is very helpful and educated. In sha Allah I will apply it to my daughter. Jazakallah kyran.

  32. Abdulrosheed Samee’ah

    Masha Allah I love dis thank you

  33. Abdulrosheed Samee’ah

    Masha Allah I really love dis
    Thank you it’s helpful

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  35. Hussaini ibrahim

    Mash alla all the bast


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