What Life Skills Should Teens Learn About?
Educational statistics have proven that though teens often give the impression that they know it all, this is after all not the case. Teens are not really taught life skills in school, and you will find that most homes or parents don’t teach these lessons at home, either. Yes, it is true that children are given sufficient education on different subject matters which they can really be good at, but this alone is not enough to equip a child the essential life skills that will not make them rely on others to give them what they need to know, but help them to figure out for themselves what they want in life and how they can teach themselves to attain it. Some say that this kind of children are street smart. If children learn life skills, they would not have a difficult time succeeding in life.
One thing that teens need to learn is about money and its value. What this means is first its value, for often parents are the ones who provide every whim that their teen requests but do not teach what money means, how hard it is to earn it, the value of saving for what you need or how to wait for what you want.
These teens are not also taught how to handle money. Teens need to be taught about taxes, how to save money, how to budget and balance their accounts. What teens of today lack is the skill of earning money, saving money, giving money, and spending money wisely. Our schools, unfortunately, do not teach our children how to handle money, how to earn money, to save it, give money and spend it. 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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Other skills that teens need to learn are cooking, cleaning, and doing the laundry. The skills are very valuable wherever a teen lives, works, or goes to school. 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 for our teens to at least know how to mend tears or put a new button or fix a hole in a seam. Many school curriculums have taken out Home Economics.
Our teens today need to learn basic polite conversation. Teens should learn how to greet their parents properly and say thank you when their parents or adults does something for them. Respect is no longer common with teens today and this is very important for them to learn.