Kids are asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” all the time! You can help your little one be what they want by developing their life skills, also known as executive function skills. Watch for some activities to help in our video.

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This video is a part of our Parents’ Guide series. View the entire series for quick videos, packed full of development info and tips.

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Why are executive function skills (EF) important? Because even as an adult, you use them every day!

EF skills help manage yourself and your activities. These skills help with:

  • Accomplishing goals
  • Prioritizing tasks
  • Organization
  • Planning
  • Attention
  • Problem solving
  • Time management
  • Emotion regulation

EF skills develop the most around 4-5 years old. They’re developed through social interactions, play, and everyday activities.

Tips to build EF skills:

  • Increase social interactions
  • Have predictable routines
  • Bring kids along on errands
  • Talk through steps of an activity
  • Allow time for free and creative play

Help your child now to develop the skills they need later!