As parents of teenagers, you need to understand that your children are becoming independent. But before anything, you need to teach them some things. Get a head start by making sure you address these 10 life skills your teen needs before they leave home.
Make sure your child can prepare a few simple, healthy, economical dishes and understands how the high cost of dining out can destroy a budget and a waistline.
Make sure your child knows how to live within a budget, and understands the pitfalls of using credit irresponsibly.
Ensure that your child knows how to self-diagnose simple illnesses, knows how to check his or her own temperature, and knows which over-the-counter medications to take for which symptoms.
Knowing how to carry on a conversation with adults will help your child with college instructors and potential employers. Basic manners, such as saying “please” and “thank you” will help your child make a good first impression with new acquaintances.
It’s important for your child to know how often her car should be serviced and how to change a tire in an emergency.
Your child doesn’t have to be domesticated but should know how to do her own laundry, clean her own dorm room or apartment, and handle small household emergencies like a clogged toilet.
Friends influence us more than we care to admit. Help your child learn to assess whether someone is a good friend who will help him to be his best.
To have success in college or on the job, one has to know how to be punctual, stay on task until the job is done, and pay attention to the details.
Young adulthood is a season of lots of romantic stops and starts. Make sure your child understands the difference between the kind of mutual love you can marriage on and passing infatuation based simply upon attraction.
We all make mistakes. Help your child learn how to say, “I’m sorry, I was wrong,” and take responsibility for those mistakes. A young person who can do that will be able to regroup and try again in work, in the classroom, and in relationships.
How did you teach your kids life skills?