LIFE SKILLS are abilities for adaptive and positive behaviour that enable humans to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life; in other words, psychosocial competency. They are a set of human skills acquired via teaching or direct experience that are used to handle problems and questions commonly encountered in daily human life. The subject varies greatly depending on social norms and community expectations but skills that functions for well-being and aid individuals to develop into active and productive members of their communities are considered as life skills.
* 1 Enumeration and categorization
* 1.1 Life skills
* 2 Parenting: a venue of life skills nourishment * 3 Models: behavior prevention vs. positive development * 4 See also * 5 References * 6 Further reading
ENUMERATION AND CATEGORIZATION
* Decision making * Problem solving * Creative thinking /lateral thinking * Critical thinking /perspicacity * Effective communication * Interpersonal relationships * Self awareness /mindfulness * Assertiveness * Empathy * Equanimity * Coping with stress, trauma and loss * Resilience
Life skills curricula designed for K-12 often emphasize
communications and practical skills needed for successful independent
living as well as for developmental-disabilities/special-education
students with an Individualized
PARENTING: A VENUE OF LIFE SKILLS NOURISHMENT
Life skills are often taught in the domain of parenting , either indirectly through the observation and experience of the child, or directly with the purpose of teaching a specific skill. Parenting itself can be considered as a set of life skills which can be taught or comes natural to a person. Educating a person in skills for dealing with pregnancy and parenting can also coincide with additional life skills development for the child and enable the parents to guide their children in adulthood.
Many life skills programs are offered when traditional family structures and healthy relationships have broken down, whether due to parental lapses, divorce or due to issues with the children (such as substance abuse or other risky behavior). For example, the International Labour Organization is teaching life skills to ex-child laborers and at-risk children in Indonesia to help them avoid and to recover from worst forms of child abuse .
MODELS: BEHAVIOR PREVENTION VS. POSITIVE DEVELOPMENT
While certain life skills programs focus on teaching the prevention
of certain behaviors, they can be relatively ineffective. Based upon
their research, the Family and Youth Services Bureau, a division of
the U.S. Department of Health and
* Attitude * Emotional intelligence * Emotional literacy * Emotional self-regulation * Gelotology * Impermanence * Kindness * Moral development * People skills * Personal boundaries * Positive psychology * Social intelligence * Social skills * Soft skills * Study skills * Hope theory * Theory of multiple intelligences * Vocational skills * Life skills-based education * RULER
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* Reaching Your Potential: Personal and Professional Development, 4th Edition * Life Skills: A Course in Applied Problem Solving., Saskatchewan NewStart Inc., First Ave and River Street East, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada.