What Life Skills Should Teens Learn About?
It has been proven by educational statistics that teens have still a lot to learn even though they often give the impression that they know it all. Basic life skills may not be taught in High School and often may not get these lessons at Home. Schools are able to give out children knowledge of different subject matters which they can excel in, but somehow this knowledge is not sufficient to survive in this life, they don’t have skills to realize not to rely on others for their future, but figure out for themselves what they want out of life and teach their own selves how to reach the goal. This is commonly called being street smart. If children learn life skills, they would not have a difficult time succeeding in life.
Teens need to learn the cost of money. The need to learn the value of money since most parents are just there shelling out money for every whim of their teenager but not teaching them what money means, how one earns money, the value of saving money for what you need, and waiting to have money for the things you want.
Still under cost of money, what comes next is the cost it takes to carry out the task. Teens need to learn what taxes mean, how to save, how to balance their accounts and how to budget. In other words, they have to learn the skill of how to earn money, how to save, give and spend in a street-smart way. These basic skills concerning money are not being taught in our educations institutions these days. Teens are also looked down when they have a side job or a part time work and people look at it as distasteful or a step away from being fully involved in sports and school activities.
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Cooking, cleaning, and doing the laundry are basic skills that all teen need to learn. Wherever life take the child, having this skills will help him to survive. When teens are deprive from this basic skill, the love of it and the responsibility that it carries, the tendency is to overspend on cooked food that are contained on easy to throw packages and belie prudence in spending and saving.
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It is important also for our children to learn how to sew or men torn clothing, put a new button, or fix a hole in a seam. Many school curriculums have taken out Home Economics.
They need to learn basic polite conversation. You are wrong to think that it is old fashioned that teenagers should say hello or thank you when speaking to parents or adults. It actually is “respect” which is not anymore a common commodity to teens these days.