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% of parents are using lockdown to teach their children life skills as well as homeschooling them. Interested in finding out which valuable life skills parents are teaching their kids in lockdown, Saveonenergy.com/uk surveyed 2,109 parents.
● 80% of parents are using lockdown to teach their kids important life skills
● How to cook is the top life skill parents are teaching (77%) followed by budgeting (72%) and housekeeping (61%)
● 62% of those surveyed believe schools failed at preparing them for real life
● Taxes, debt, and mental health are amongst the things parents wish schools taught them growing up
Teaching their children how to cook is the most popular life skill for parents (77%). 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%). 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.
38% 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%). 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% 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%) with an astonishing average of 3,000 monthly google searches for “what are taxes?”! It’s no surprise many would find this helpful as thousands of people are unaware of how to tackle taxes.
With it being Mental Health Awareness week (May 18-24th), what better time to bring attention to the fact that 73% wish mental health was covered in school. Of those surveyed, only 1 in 5 remember their schools teaching covering any issues/topics/advice around mental health.
On average, there are over 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%) and sustainability (63%).