Transcript for Mom’s ‘Common Sense Camp’ teaches practical life skills
Now we have a look at the way some parents are pulling off summer camp at home. As programs are canceled all across the country one family created their own common sense camp. Teaching their children important life skills they don't normally learn at school. Becky Worley has all the details for us. Reporter: For the Hanson family of Los Angeles, California, summer camp is a big deal for their son and daughter. Normally our kids would go to sleepaway camp which is the highlight of their year. Reporter: But with coronavirus, canceled. Well, they were obviously really disappointed. And it looked like it would be a bummer summer. Reporter: Then mom Una also a parent coach said they had an epiphany. For about ten years my husband and I have joked that our kids needed common sense camp. You know, every time they would do something, head scratcher moments where it would be like how do they not know how to do this basic life skill. Reporter: She created it herself. You're a genius. Each week they tackle a different topic ranging from important conversations on anti-racism to teaching life skills like how to do the laundry, read a paper map. Manage personal finances, safety, emergency preparedness and learning how to cook. Kitchen week was amazing. We had a great time and he chose really challenging things they wanted to learn how to cook and this is a kid who only made cereal and toast before. She says the key to getting your kids to buy in is to plan in advance. Write it all down and fully commit yourself to the projects before you pitch it to them. And in addition to keeping them busy -- I think obviously you want the kis to learn these basic skills but I think even more important is that the kids are building their sense of agency and confidence. Reporter: Something that will prepare them well for life whenever life gets back to normal. The hansons have put together ideas and materials for other parents to use. It's on our website, goodmorningamerica.com and, robin, I need to get on this. My kids need this bad. But I thought you did something earlier. Remember, weren't you teaching your daughter how to change the oil in the car? Did I remember that right? Adulting 101. We're doing it in small doses but I feel like maybe they need a master class. Okay, Becky. Thanks so much. Enjoy the rest of your day.
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